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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day Hardcover


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  • Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735302499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735302495
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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The concept of this book is from Dr. Seuss- he drew sketches and some verses before he died. The details of the story is from another writer who does a wonderful job. I believe the author did a terrific job keeping Dr. Seuss's touch on the book and really made it a wonderful story. But I dislike the art. I think the art makes the book one that I don't want to have. The art is done by Lane Smith, the same guy who did work on 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' and he drew this book and the characters for that movie the same way. Some of the character drawings in the book, especially one of a clown that appears on one page, are rather scary-looking. I believe the artist strayed completely away from Dr. Seuss's concept for the book. In Seuss's sketches that he did before he died, he drew the main character, Ms. Bonkers as a sweet old, gray-haired teacher. He also drew a sketch of another lead character, the school's principal. Lane Smith drew Ms. Bonkers as a young, blonde teacher who I imagine, is supposed to be rather attractive. He draws the principal in the book somewhat scary. In Dr. Seuss's sketches for the concept of the book, Dr. Seuss drew and versed that the principal liked to watch Ms. Bonkers jump on a trampoline, which was cute and funny when you see a gray-haired woman in a long, bulky, old-lady dress down to her ankles jumping upside down in mid-air with the old principal watching humorously in the far background, as Dr. Seuss drew in his concept sketch. It is not so cute, and somewhat perverted I think, when Lane Smith draws a young Ms. Bonkers jumping up in the air in a not-so-long dress, with the scary-looking principal standing underneath, looking upwards. We own just about every Dr. Seuss book that he made. We got this one from the library to see if wanted to buy it...Read more ›
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At Diffendoofer School, students learn essential life skills --"listening, smelling, laughing, and yelling" and "how to tie knots in neckerchiefs and noodles, how to tell chrysanthemums from miniature poodles." The delightful Diffendoofer School may be closed, forcing the students to attend Flobbertown School, where everyone does "everything the same . . They dress in just one style. They sing one song, they never dance, they march in single file . . . Their lunches have no taste at all, Their dogs are scared to bark." Naturally, the Diffendoofer creative thinking students rally to save the day and the school. The characters are quirky but all too real. I particularly like giving this book to young people to encourage their spirit and creativity, as a preemptive strike against the peer-pressured conformity of adolescence. (As an added bonus, many of Ted Geisel's original sketches and concepts are included in a post-script titled "How This Book Came to Be".)
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Hooray!!! The genius of Dr. Suess is teamed with that of Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith to produce an outstanding book full of rhymes -- and reason. Diffendoofer School is a santuary for individuality. Why take spelling tests, when yelling contests are so much more fun? Everyone in the school has a unique talent they contribute - like Miss Bonkers, who teaches frogs to dance; and pigs to put on underpants! The students and Diffendoofer love its zany outlook, until a test threatens to send them to Flobbertown, where everyone's the same. But Miss Bonkers has faith in her pupils and chirps:
"We've taught you that the earth is round, that red and white make pink. But most importantly of all: We've taught you how to think..."
And when the test comes, it is filled with things they do know. And for the questions they didn't know, somehow they answered them, proving what Miss Bonkers said. This book is a great gift, and proves that a little fun can't hurt! Three cheers for Diffendoofer Day!!!
HIP HIP HOORAY!!!
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on March 8 2001
Format: Hardcover
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.
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