I have fallen in love with Dr Seuss books! What's your favourite?

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fuzzpig Tue 25-Jun-13 20:22:17

Never really saw any as a child although I was aware of them, but last year we all adored the Lorax film and gave DD the book of it (well, Father Christmas did grin), and I've been getting loads out of the library since then as they are just so brilliant.

I love reading them aloud, the rhyme and rhythm just make it a real pleasure. I just gave DD Horton Hears a Who for her 6th birthday which was equally brilliant, and a particular favourite of those we've borrowed is One Fish Two Fish - DD read this and some others herself and really enjoyed reading the made up creature names (Mr Gump's Seven Hump Wump, anyone? grin). She also liked Wacky Wednesday although the illustrations aren't by Seuss. I really liked Gerald McBoingBoing too (we used to watch it on Milkshake!).

What are your/your children's favourites?

fuzzpig Tue 25-Jun-13 20:23:47

(what I forgot to say in my OP was that I can't believe I made it to 26 years old without realising how brilliant they were!)

LondonBus Tue 25-Jun-13 20:25:05

I do not like green eggs and ham, I don not like them Sam I am.

Takver Tue 25-Jun-13 20:25:31

My favourite is My Many Coloured Days which isn't actually a 'typical' Dr Seuss book (and which has paintings rather than his drawings), but which is wonderful both just as a book, but also as a way to talk about feelings with a small child.

PoppyWearer Tue 25-Jun-13 20:26:06

I have a soft spot for One Fish Two Fish because it was "our" first one. Someone gave it to DC1 when she was a baby. I have now memorised most of "The Cat in the Hat" as I had to read it to her in her darkened room to get her to sleep night after night!

The Grinch is great for Christmas, although DC1 is scared of the pictures in the book (ok with the film version).

I also like "Oh the Places You'll Go". Such a great message.

Still exploring the others!

Skygirls Tue 25-Jun-13 20:29:04

DCs like ' I wish I had duck feet' and 'green eggs and ham'
I like 'Fox in Socks' for the tongue twisters and ' How the Grinch Stole Christmas'

One fish, two fish was a favourite when DCs were younger.

stargirl1701 Tue 25-Jun-13 20:36:32

Yurtle the Turtle.

aladdinsane Tue 25-Jun-13 20:38:55

I like many coloured days too but my favourite is Thidwick the big hearted mousse

LifeofPo Tue 25-Jun-13 20:40:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

I like The Lorax for the message in the story. Never read them as a child either but got ds the collection for Christmas last year.

fuzzpig Tue 25-Jun-13 21:27:36

Ooh there's a few mentioned that we haven't tried yet smile currently out from the library we have thidwick, yurtle, ABC, and fox in socks.

We recently got an old copy of green eggs and ham, DD loved that too.

I'd considered "oh the places you'll go" and "oh the things you can think" as presents, went with Horton as DD has seen the film (though it's nowhere near as good as the lorax) but I'll definitely try them soon - cant imagine a Dr Seuss making me cry so I'm intrigued!

If I had the money I'd definitely have bought a huge set of them but I think as the DCs will be getting a few books at Xmas/birthdays, there will be a Seuss among them for a few years yet smile

Kyrptonite Tue 25-Jun-13 21:31:57

I love Dr Seuss' Sleep Book. As does DS (4)

Morgause Tue 25-Jun-13 21:33:05

Are You My Mother?

Used to read it to my class and they loved it.

TheSecondComing Tue 25-Jun-13 21:35:03

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

We love all Dr Seuss books. We read then most weeks.

DD1 likes the Lorax/horton hears a hoo
DD2 Likes green eggs and ham
DS like Fox in Socks.

SorrelForbes Tue 25-Jun-13 21:37:44

I can highly recommend There's a Wocket in my Pocket. It's still one of mine and my sister's favourite books. She reads our copy to her three DDs.

Meglet Tue 25-Jun-13 21:37:56

Mr Brown can Moo! ('he can even make a noise like a goldfish kiss!')

There's a Wocket in my pocket.

Check out The Book People fuzzpig. I got a set of twelve for about a tenner I think, maybe less. Was Christmas time so not sure if it would be the same now

DramaAlpaca Tue 25-Jun-13 21:39:34

I didn't think I'd like them & didn't read them with DS1 & DS2, but DS3 got a present of a set of them & absolutely loved them, and I was converted too.

His favourite was Hop on Pop, mine was The Cat in the Hat. We also loved One Fish Two Fish. I'm sure they helped him learn to read & encouraged his love of books.

RedlipsAndSlippers Tue 25-Jun-13 21:45:03

Loved Robert the rose horse, my Nana used to read it to us all the time. Think it may be time for me to invest in a set...for DD of course...

I love green eggs and ham and fox in socks, they are such fun to read. With green eggs and ham, ds reads Sam I am and I read the other part (has he got a name, can't think of it!) I think it's brilliant for getting into character.

I also love oh the places you'll go, not so keen on the thinks you can think; but I do love the sleep book.

Like a lot of dr seuss books it is a bit too odd in the middle, but all comes together in the end.

I also get a bit tearful at the places you'll go, it's such a lovely message!

xTillyx Tue 25-Jun-13 21:48:28

I love There's a Wocket in My Pocket. If you have The Works near you, my sis got us some that were meant to be 99p each for 30p each last week. They're small ones like Ladbybird book size if you remember them.

johnnycomelurky Tue 25-Jun-13 21:48:37

I also love Oh, the places you will go - also makes me choke up. I grew up on Dr Seuss and like most of them but One Fish, Two Fish gets on my wick, is DS's favourire as takes so long to read and he gets to stay up later!

melliebobs Tue 25-Jun-13 21:50:49

Dd is 15 months n I loooove reading dr suess to her. We like 'I can read with my eyes shut' and 'to think that I saw it on mulberry street'

I don't like green eggs n soddin ham

You know you've read too much dr suess when you start to read your own book to that kind of rhythm

ChewingOnLifesGristle Tue 25-Jun-13 21:55:39

I love Dr Seuss books they got my dd reading on her own.

She was getting nowhere with Biffer and Chip and the tedious gang and was struggling to get to grips with reading. But from the minute she picked up Dr Seuss she was off and has never looked back.

fuzzpig Tue 25-Jun-13 22:46:01

I do have The Works in my local mall! I will check that out.

The book people don't have a set at the moment - if only I'd known last year how lovely they were! They currently have a few individual stories quite cheap on there - Horton was a few quid.

Cakebitch Tue 25-Jun-13 22:52:35

Love them. most children's books i find tedious to read, but i love Dr seuss, so much.

muminthecity Tue 25-Jun-13 22:54:46

I love 'Oh the Places You Will Go,' so does DD. I also get a bit choked reading it. When my best friend graduated uni last year I made her a card with a few lines from that book in it (“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...”) She cried her eyes out!

Also love 'Happy Birthday.' (Today you are you, that is truer than true, there is noone alive who is you-er than you!)

SkivingAgain Tue 25-Jun-13 22:55:02

We have the book 10 tall tales, which is fab. The Star Belly Sneeches, Too Many Daves, Yurtle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, the Big Brag, The Empty Pants all fantastic and with a moral to the tale. Both my DCs and me loved them for years.

Oh, the places you'll go! Makes me cry too PP.

BooCanary Tue 25-Jun-13 23:00:16

My favourites:
Mr Brown Can Moo
Fox in Socks
Wocket in My Pocket

DCs currently love Horton hears a Who, the Lorax and the Grinch.

Dr Seuss is fab!

BooCanary Tue 25-Jun-13 23:07:08

Oh and yy to the places you will go <blub>

ihatesonic Tue 25-Jun-13 23:12:20

CAT IN THE HAT! or one fish, two fish.

I <3 dr suess - my kids loved them!

timtam23 Tue 25-Jun-13 23:28:04

My favourites are two of the more obscure ones

Hand Hand Fingers Thumb

The Foot Book

They are both very funny and have a great rhythm for reading to small children

here the book people have a set of 20 books for £20.

fuzzpig Wed 26-Jun-13 15:51:24

Not in stock - will keep an eye on it though smile

Branleuse Wed 26-Jun-13 15:52:45

The Lorax <3

and the sneetches

Hullygully Wed 26-Jun-13 15:53:50

The Lorax

The Lorax

The Lorax

shockers Wed 26-Jun-13 16:05:52

My son, now aged 26, can still recite the whole of Thidwick the Big Hearted Moose... as can I grin.

TheRealFellatio Wed 26-Jun-13 18:34:40

Oh the places you will go.

It's genius. it's perfect. Every child should be given a copy. It should be the law.

TheRealFellatio Wed 26-Jun-13 18:36:12

Ha! I didn't see your post mum - I gave my son a copy to take off to uni with him. He looked at me like this > hmm confused but hopefully he'll get it one day. grin

fuzzpig Tue 02-Jul-13 11:11:22

Read Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz and the Big Brag to DD the other day. Thumbs up! Especially Yertle.

I've noticed you can get Seuss books on iPad - they are cheaper than paperbacks so am very tempted but not sure I want to go down the eBook route with DD yet... <dilemma>

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Tue 02-Jul-13 11:17:28

I bought a big box set from the works. I think it was about £30. They have them on ebay too

feetheart Tue 02-Jul-13 11:18:44

We had a shortened, slightly adapted, version of 'Oh The Places You'll Go' as the reading at our wedding smile

'Green eggs and ham' was great with fussy-eating DD when she was small and we can both probably still recite it all (she is now 10 and has hollow legs smile)

Snazzywaitingforsummer Tue 02-Jul-13 11:49:52

There's a nice set on Amazon that I have bought as a present for people with new babies:

Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection: The Cat in the Hat / One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish / Green Eggs and Ham / Hop on Pop / Fox in Socks [Hardcover]

It's great. We also flew with Emirates a few years ago and got small copies of Oh The Thinks You Can Think! and Oh, The Places You'll Go! in the kids' goody bags on the flights. You've got to like that.

Wallace Tue 02-Jul-13 11:53:50

Current favourite is Great Day for Up

DuchessofMalfi Tue 02-Jul-13 13:16:08

I love The Lorax - my favourite. I took DD to see the film last year and she loved it too. DS enjoys Fox in Socks for all the silly tongue twisters, and Green Eggs and Ham.

DH was introduced to them when his dad brought them back from a trip to America when DH was little. He was the one who introduced them to me - I hadn't read any as a child. Now I adore the stories, and the really complex and daft illustrations.

freetrait Tue 02-Jul-13 13:21:26

I don't like them...(whispers). DD (4) got "I had trouble in getting to Solla Sollew" out of the library. She likes it so I have had the pleasure of reading it to her a good few times. I definitely do not like it...sorry....just doesn't hit those pleasure buttons for me (although seems like it does for DD!)

fuzzpig Tue 02-Jul-13 13:57:42

DH doesn't like them either. The illustrations freak him out!

suzannened Tue 02-Jul-13 14:04:20

I read some of Oh the Places You'll Go at my brother's wedding ( think if he could have, he would have had Green Eggs & Ham). And I'm using Hop on Pop for a bit of practice reading for 5yo DS - who also loves Green Eggs & Ham

iseenodust Wed 03-Jul-13 10:05:48

One fish two fish
I saw it on Mulberry St. has great illustrations.

DS had a really good lift the flap Seuss book (100 flaps) that was an anniversary edition but I've never seen it since to give as a present.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 03-Jul-13 17:38:07

Has to be Green Eggs and Ham. It was always my favourite and now dd can read, I just love love her reading it to me. Its a must for any child named Sam too smile

DJTF Mon 15-Jul-13 19:41:07

The Sleep Book is fantastic. The best bedtime book of all time. My DCs loved it when I left them to guess the last word to complete the rhyme. Real training in poetry and music, and so much fun.

theonlywayisbristol Mon 15-Jul-13 19:55:44

The Sneetches featuring my all time favourite Too Many Daves. My 11 yr old still knows The Zax off by heart.

NettleTea Mon 15-Jul-13 20:48:34

I learned to read with Dr Seuss way back in the late 60's so have a particular soft spot for them. I was more than a little excited when we visited Universal Studios in Florida and there was a whole land devoted to Seuss

Musthavetea Mon 15-Jul-13 20:52:02

I love his books and take great pleasure from perfecting my 'Cat' voice for Cat in a Hat. And I can't help but grin at the line 'could you would you with a goat' in Green Eggs and Ham!
Also gave a copy of 'The Places You'll Go' to my brother when he graduated from University. He now reads it to his daughter.

partystress Mon 15-Jul-13 21:01:30

Another vote for The Sneetches - great for teaching about inclusion, racism, peer pressure. Dr S was one of THE great philosophers IMHO. (Mind you, if you had keystroke record and could see how many goes I had to have at 'philosophers', you might think he wasn't that hot at passing on spelling tips!)

MarjorieAntrobus Mon 15-Jul-13 21:13:19

Daisy Head Maisie - hasn't been mentioned yet.
The Cat in the Hat, obvious one but the DCs loved it, plus we had an early PC animation game thingy of it.

(I love the sound of The Places You'll Go, and am going to find a copy pdq)

BearsLikeMarmalade Mon 15-Jul-13 21:27:39

Completely agree with partystress. I also love 'The Sneetches & Other Stories' and bought DS a copy years ago, waiting for when he was old enough to enjoy it. We started reading it a couple of months ago and he loves it. I love the way it deals with big, important themes. I swear if everyone read it we'd be a few steps closer to world peace.

duchesse Mon 15-Jul-13 21:43:40

The Places You'll Go.

Hands down favourite and it's not even one of the ones I owned as a child. I like to give it to young adults as they head for university.

duchesse Mon 15-Jul-13 21:46:01

Oh and haven't read Horton but have seen the film and suspect it's quite loyal to the book. Also very good. Apart from the minor primogeniture issue of the 96 daughters and only one son.

fuzzpig Mon 15-Jul-13 21:54:33

I had to google primageniture grin

Went to the Works the other day as it was mentioned upthread. The little (but unabridged) dr Seuss books were 59p each and on BOGOF! shock Sadly they only had 3 different titles (wocket in my pocket, mr brown can moo, and mulberry street) but I will check again soon.

californialadybug Tue 16-Jul-13 00:43:02

My giant Cat in the Hat (4 feet tall, with his hat) sits in a rocking chair in our front window every year in March for his birthday week, the windowsill filled with Dr. Seuss classics: wonderful, whimsical ways to help children fall in love, again and again, with words. At Halloween, he returns to the window, dressed in a starry cape and wizard's hat and wand, the windowsill now filled with spooooky stories.

BeCool Tue 16-Jul-13 12:32:49

I can recite "Fox in Sox" by heart! Breaking into "now let's have a little talk about tweetle beetles ...." is one of my best distraction techniques smile

I love them all esp The Lorax, but my absolute fav is "I Had Trouble In Getting To Solla Sollew" - where they never have troubles, at least very few - fantastic!

gintastic Tue 16-Jul-13 12:41:14

Oh The Places You'll Go. I have a copy for each of my kids and have asked their teachers to write in it at the end of the school year. Will be a present for when they leave school :-)

Must go dig them out, now you mention it...

DeeKirkby Wed 31-Jul-13 11:10:18

I have two favourites - The Sneetches and The Lorax

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