Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!


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ISBN-13: 9780679890089
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/1998
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 55,181
Product dimensions: 8.38(w) x 11.31(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

For 30 years, Jack Prelutsky’s inventive poems have inspired legions of children to fall in love with poetry. His outrageously silly poems have tickled even the most stubborn funny bones, while his darker verses have spooked countless late-night readers. His award-winning books include Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, and The Beauty of the Beast.

While attending a Bronx, New York, grade school, Prelutsky took piano and voice lessons and was a regular in school shows. Surprisingly, Prelutsky developed a healthy dislike for poetry due to a teacher who “left me with the impression that poetry was the literary equivalent of liver. I was told it was good for me, but I wasn’t convinced.”

In his early twenties, Prelutsky spent six months drawing imaginary animals in ink and watercolor. One evening, he wrote two dozen short poetry verses to accompany each drawing. A friend encouraged him to show them to an editor, who loved his poems (although not his artwork!) and urged him to keep writing. Prelutsky listened and he is still busy writing.
Jack Prelutsky lives on Mercer Island in Washington with his wife, Carolynn.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a 4th grade teacher and I read Hooray for Diffendoofer Day every year right before my students take their standardized high stakes test. It is funny, engaging, and the kids love the silly poetry. What's more, it helps my students to feel confident during an otherwise extremely stressful time for them. We do several projects with this book. We talk about multiple intelligences and activities that teach us how to be good thinkers, and we also do a fun art project where the students design their dream schools. This is a great book for teachers, parents, and students of all ages.
JB300 More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my fellow teachers in my last faculty meeting before I retired after 33 years in the classroom. I challenged each of them to become that special teacher. This book is an excellent motivator, and it reminded me to do something special in the lives of my high school students. Many of my fellow teachers told me that they had been inspired by the words of Dr. Seuss. What a wonderful experience!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a teacher, I use this book before state testing every year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is as interesting for the section that explains its origins as it is the for story and illustrations themselves. Before he died, Dr. Seuss was working on a book about teaching. He couldn't get it quite right because 'Miss Bonkers was driving him bonkers.' After his death, the material was passed along to his long-time editor who filed it away. One day she had the good thought of inviting talented poet, Jack Prelutsky, and outstanding illustrator, Lane Smith, to complete the project. The book shows you the Seuss sketches and his work in progress. It's really quite interesting. Prior to the origins section, you get the actual story. The result is a book that is a combination of wonderful children's story and multifaceted paean to Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss's books are wonderful for celebrating differences among children. This book moves beyond that excellent base to point out the benefits of differences among adults as well as children. The creation of Flobbertown (where everyone does everything the same, and life is dreary) is a stroke of genius, for it creates an archetype to react against. Near when the poem begins, a student is speaking. 'My teacher is Miss Bonkers, She's as bouncy as a flea . . . I'm glad she teaches me.' That's the sort of sincere flattery all teachers should receive from their students. Miss Bonkers's specialization is summarized as follows, 'Miss Bonkers teaches EVERYTHING!' She's a free spirit, as evidenced by her use of a trampoline. She does her own thing, and the principal (who worries a lot) 'treats her like a queen.' Most teachers would love that kind of support, as well! The rest of the teaching and support staff are equally unique and interesting in their own ways. While many children's stories stick just to the main story line, this one develops many characters to establish a sense of place and context that build a very solid base for the plot. Working from 'some characters, a setting, and a few verses' the story revolves around the benefits of teaching children to think for themselves. This is a good theme, because you can use it as a starting point to encourage your children do the same. The story does a nice job of providing an interesting and amusing tale, with contemporary references that make it more relevant. As much as I liked the poetry and its imaginative interweaving with Dr. Seuss's original thoughts, I must say I was even more impressed with the illustrations. You will see a vivid, exciting, Seuss-like world, yet this place is distinct from Dr. Seuss. But, Lane Smith incorporated many images from Dr. Seuss into the details for the illustrations, like cut-outs from the newspaper in a Picasso collage. The result is rather intriguing and richer than either style alone would be. After you have finished enjoying the story with your child, I suggest that you encourage your child to notice the 'invisible' people in her or his life. What are they like? What are they focusing on? How can thinking for themselves make a difference? Encourage independent thinking! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Bridget-Eileen on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Triumphant book championing the independent schools while offering a scathing review of standardized tests in a very funny, cute and subversive manner.
maryob More than 1 year ago
I will use it for sure with my Church Youth Ministry Group. Older kids will love it!
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Dr. Suess has always written classic children books, young children today are still enchanted by his books. The first book I ever read [by myself] was 'Horton Hears a Who' by Dr. Suess. From then on I have enjoyed reading. It has been a favorite book of mine from then on. 'Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!' was read to me by my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Amburgey. We read the book in class, during Dr. Suess week. After reading the book, we were to write a report on it. I finished my report in ten minutes and it was a whole page long. This book is an amazing book for all ages. Today this book is still the only book that puts me to sleep at night, and its the only book that I could never get tired of reading it. I love this book. I reccomend anyone reading this review should definatly read this book. I also reccomend that any teacher [of any grade] reading this, should get the book and read it out aloud to his or her class. Dr. Suess was a literay genuis. He was an amazing author, and an amazing rhymist. He is why so many young children enjoy reading. This book, though he did not finish it by himself and had help from Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith, is just another classic from Dr. Suess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite Dr.Seuss books. My first favorite Dr.Seuss book is Oh the places you'll go. I would reccomend this book to everybody! READ THIS BOOK! READ THIS BOOK! People of all ages will love this book even teachers will love it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i did a report on this book. it was one of the most fun book reports i have ever written
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book really is my favorite picture book. The rhyming and the flow of the words is excellent and the whole story is great and the pictures are neat and you feel good after you've read it. I would love to go to that school!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a very encouraging book whether you are a student, or a teacher, or a parent. It emphasizes the most important goal of an educator - but you have to read it to find out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that this book can be enjoyed by all ages. It has the great rymes of Dr. Seuss with the enjoyable lyrics of Prelutsky. Over all, i think this book is the best book out by these two people. A great combination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful gift idea for a graduate with an education degree, particularly elementary education. It's inspirational and makes a nice addition to their children's book collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are about to have a test read this book to pump you up before a big test!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i didn't like the book that much not enough detail