The Big Red Book of Beginner Books (Beginner Books(R)) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-15 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 87 user ratings

" Cute, a nice collection for baby. " said.

" Really the bottom of the Beginner Books barrel, more to the Dick and Jane end of the spectrum than dynamic, engaging, humorous books we associate with Seuss and his contemporaries. " said.

" This book was my favorite book, more than the Green and Blue ones. Because this one tells me more stories that I have not already heard. " said.

"This book was such a surprise for me. I found it on the shelf at the house where I babysit, and they were all stories I had never read before, yet they were also familiar in that Seuss-for-Beginners way. They actually cover a range of 25 years, so the styles change somewhat.

"Sam and the Firefly" (1958) was my favorite. Great moody artwork and palette, as it takes place entirely at night. The story is quite exciting, and the boy I read it to (when trying to put him down for a nap) is always riveted and could never fall asleep during it. But he's always happy to hear it.

"Stop That Ball!" (1959) never get old...because I can never remember that I've read it already. It's a very thin story -- the ball keeps getting propelled all over town. The boy I read it to finds it exciting, but I'm ready for a nap about midway through.

"Robert the Rose Horse" (1962) is very cute, and the boy I read it to loves it. I like the story, especially getting a job at the end. However, I wish it were true that one big sneeze could cure you of allergies.

"The Digging-est Dog" (1967) is also cute, and I usually end up singing it in a country-western voice because of the way it rhymes. I don't ever set out to sing it, but that's how it always comes out.

"The Very Bad Bunny" (1984) is drawn in a style of the Seventies, but it was written in the Eighties. It's a fun story about perspective. Every one calls the bunny bad, but then a truly bad bunny cousin visits and tears their house apart, and everyone realizes the main character isn't so bad after all. This is my second favorite story, and maybe the favorite of the boy I babysit.

"I Want to Be Somebody New!" (1986) is not great. It doesn't hold a candle to one of my childhood favorites, "I Wish I Had Duck Feet" (1965), in either imagination or how the message is conveyed. Here, the funny creature is told over and over by the most goyish looking boy and girl (yellow blonde hair, handsome/angular features, empty eyeballs) that they don't like him this was or that. I was shocked to learn it was written in the 80s, because it seemed very mid-50s to me in tone and drawing, and I mean that in the worst way possible.

Still, I love this book and it is an incredible value for money and shelfspace.
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" I used to have this book as a kid. " said.

"This book was a gift to my son for Christmas. It filled with some wonderful stories, only which one that I've read before.

**I Want to be Someone New** 3 stars
I get what the author was trying to do, but I don't think it was executed very well.

**Sam and the Firefly** 5 stars
Still one of my all time favorites from when I was a kid. Sam and the Firefly want to have fun, but Firefly takes it too far and Sam has to save him.

**Stop That Ball!** 4 stars
The kid only has one ball and goes all out to save it and get it back home.

**Robert the Rose Horse** 5 stars
Robert is a horse that is allergic to roses. But he uses his allergy to save the day.

**The Digging-est Dog** 4 stars
I thought it was harsh of Sam to immediately want to send him back to the pound, but he righted everything and got to stay.

**The Very Bad Bunny** 3 stars
I feel like the family was a bit harsh on the PJ.
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" All six stories in this collection are great beginning reader classics which are also very fun to read aloud to younger kids. The problem with this book arises if you have a negotiator for a son, in which case you may end up reading all five (344 pages) every time you sit down to read a story out of it... " said.

" Both The Big Blue Book of Beginner Books and The Big Green Book of Beginner Books occupy places of pride on our three-year-old's shelf, and this third anthology will be just as well-loved. Classic stories designed to be read over and over in a sturdy, well-bound volume; what's not to love? " said.

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