How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

How-Grinch-Stole-ChristmasHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss
Published by Penguin Random House on October 12, 1957
Genres: [Children] Fantasy (Picture Book)
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

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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.


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33 thoughts on “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr. Seuss

    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Well I think the films covers the story pretty well. Actually the motion picture one with Jim Carrey has a script exactly as the book word from word.

      But you should read it if you get the chance. (It’s not like HP where there’s like thousands of pages, haha.)


  1. Ichabod Temperance (@IckyTemperance) says:

    I’m so happy I found,
    this curious new blog.
    Your review makes a sound,
    like a brain-turning cog.

    The Doctor was,
    a large part of my youth,
    which was longer ago,
    than I care to reveal in truth,
    to outgrow Dr. Seuss,
    would be such a bummer.
    Neverfear, my clever goose.
    We have a friend in Summer!

    My little rhyme is nothing next to yours, but what you did inspired me, a little.
    Congratulations on the awesome stuffed Grinch!
    Happy Reading!
    ~Icky. 🙂

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  2. Maria says:

    CLASSIC! Love this book! PS I was on Twitter you got accepted into pharm school — congrats! That’s really exciting. I’m applying to grad school right now, and it’s exhausting. Glad to know there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

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  3. The Drama Bear says:

    I adore Dr. Seuss’ works! In fact, I think Dr. Seuss is the only author who manages to stick in heavy morales in all his works while still keeping the plot light and fun. His writing style is also really my style but as I grew up, I started to read less and less of his works. But now that you’ve reminded me of him, I think this would be a great book to read during the cold Christmas holiday season! Thank you for reminding me of Dr. Seuss along with all the good memories I have about his works Xing Sings! 🙂

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  4. Jenna @ Reading with Jenna says:

    Omg that set is so adorable! It was lovely for the publisher to send it to you! I actually haven’t read any Dr Seuss since I was about… 6? I should revisit all of the books because I can’t remember anything at all about what those books were about. I can’t even remember which ones I’ve read, besides The Cat in the Hat! Your poem was lovely!!! Thanks for going to the effort of doing that 😀 MERRY CHRISTMAS, SUMMER!! ❤

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    • Summer @ Xingsings says:

      Hehe, thank you so much, Jenna! I hope you had lovely holiday. 🙂 To be honest, I don’t remember reading that many Dr. Seuss books growing up. How every Green Eggs and Ham was pretty impressionable. Probably because we had a Green Eggs and Ham day at the schools I went too. We were served that every year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. XD

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