How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Published by Penguin Random House on October 12, 1957
Genres: [Children] Fantasy (Picture Book)
4 Stars, Completed December 18, 2015
– SPOILER free –
I can’t believe it took me this long to finally get to this story despite having watched the animated and motion picture adaptations countless of times. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! was just as heartwarming as the films, and a picture book I highly recommend to families with children that are a fan of Dr. Seuss.
In this story, readers meet the Grinch, a grouchy creature that simply cannot stand Christmas and the idea that the Whos down in Who-ville celebrate and sing on the merry day. So then he comes to a “wonderful, awful” idea and devises a plan to steal Christmas. However, he soon realizes it isn’t so easy to ruin the Whos cheerful attitude and the joy of Christmas.
As you guys know, I don’t really read children’s books anymore, much less review them. But because I had this oppurtunity to read this classic, I went “why not?”
After having read it I wasn’t sure how I wanted to approach reviewing such a short book. I knew I wanted to stay away from my usual, somewhat lengthy reviews, so I think I’ll attempt to do it in a Dr. Seuss-esque style.
This book was long, long overdue
for me to start
but it’s never too late to read something new.
It was a story that warmed up the heart.
Not to mention,
Dr. Seuss has a wonderful, unique rhyme scheme
it made readers have to pay attention
because there were so many tongue twisters it seems.
The fantastical creatures
and made up characters
were the best elements and features.
And the adventure!
Perfect for all children, I think.
And one that readers must read for the holiday season.
Now, please, go pick it up, (wink, wink)
now that Summer has given you a good reason.
Ugh, that was super cheesy. (So sorry!)
But in all seriousness, this is a wonderful children’s classic. The overall message proves that this is one of those where you’re never too old to read. Past all the silliness and tongue twisters, Dr. Seuss reminds us all a very important thing to remember about Christmas and the holiday season. They aren’t just about giving and the presents under the tree but rather a time to rejoice with the company of family and friends.
So I really hope that for those of you, like me, that skipped this classic as a child decide to pick up this book. It’s easily a twenty minute read that will make you smile. And perhaps if you’ve already read it, it’ll inspire you to reminisce about your childhood holiday memories.
Thank you Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! In no way did this affect my reading experience or honest review.