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How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Book and Grinch (Classic Seuss) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-21 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 103 user ratings
ISBN:0553524453
LANGUAGE:English

"If your only knowledge of this story is through film (either animated or live-action) you must . . .MUST . . . run out and read the actual, original text. Seuss's work is so visual and his playful, inventive language is so captivating that filmmakers (even when Seuss is directly involved as in the Boris Karloff-Voiced Grinch) can't help but pad his work with long passages devoted to interesting drawings of wackily-named who-toys.

But in the book, the most Seussian reference is to who-hash.The Who children celebrate with popguns, plums, popcorn, roller skates, etc. Rather than being lost in an imaginative rendering of pan-danglers and whojugziz, Seuss's original story is an uncluttered rendering of the sour old grinch and his redemption -- a redemption comes about quickly without a lot of dramatic hype. Don't get me wrong -- I'm a fan of the film versions, too. But if you want to be reminded that Christmas doesn't come from a store, you need to see it done the way Seuss did in his simple, two-color drawings the first time around.
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"4 Stars, Completed December 18, 2015



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.

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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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" said.

" Mayor said "This Christmas is the 1000th Whobilation, Whoville's happiest day! And to celebrate, allstores will be open one more hour!""But they're open 24 hours a day already" said one Who."Days will be 25 hours long from now on!" " said.

"

One of the annoying things about English not being my first language is that I missed out on a lot of popular children's books. And the thing is, when you do get to read them as an adult, you are fully aware you're not experiencing them as you were meant to - there are a great many books beloved by English speaking people which I read and go, "Oh, okay, was that it?"

Not the Grinch, though!
I got this book for Christmas, last year, a gift from a friend of mine from the USA. And I loved it!!

It must be said that the Grinch, himself, is probably responsible for my love for this book.
This... creature, lives in a cave and spends his time hating a whole village. You may think this is sad, but think about it. Can you imagine the dedication it takes to hate a single person? The Grinch hated a whole village!
Yeah, yeah, hate is bad and blah blah... but the commitment! I can barely bring myself to dislike someone! Too much effort! The Grinch spends 53 years doing nothing but hate.

And through the eyes of a child, admittedly, the Whos don't seem to do anything to earn the dislike the Grinch harbours for them - but hear me (well, read me) out!
Would you like your neighbours to "wake bright and early" and then produce "NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!"?
Would you like your neighbours to stand hand in hand and "SING! SING! SING! SING!"?
Now imagine this for 53 straight years - the hate building and building, choking you.
The Grinch decided to put an end to Christmas. I wouldn't have been so kind.

Another thing to admire: I don't know the life expectancy of a creature such as the Grinch, but he's been living on his own for 53 years. Let's assume he spent at least 20 years with his Grinch parents. That would make him about 73 years old. Does he shy away from taking on such an exhausting enterprise as putting a stop to Christmas? He does not! I wouldn't have been able to summon the energy to do so at 23, let alone in my 70's!

Furthermore, obstacles which would dispirit a weaker soul face the Grinch: such as a lack of reindeer - which, with an astounding presence of mind, he quickly substituted for his dog Max - I can't teach my dog to roll over, but the Grinch taught his to pull a sleigh!

How quickly can you break into a stranger's house and steal their stuff? Personally, I've never attempted this, but if I had to hazard a guess I'd have to say, "somewhere around 5 hours to never, assuming the door wasn't locked." But the Grinch, in his 70's, steals from an entire village! This fine example of perseverance in the shape of a Grinch even stole the Christmas trees!

He's even caught by one Who and, in the words of the author himself: "(...) that old Grinch was so smart and so slick / He thought up a lie, and he thought it up quick!"
I couldn't lie to save my life. If someone caught me in their house at night, stealing their stuff, and I had to lie my way out of it, I'd start drafting my version of Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison. I can't do it! My mind isn't that swift! The Grinch, however, kept his cool - not only did he lie, he convinced the Who to serve him a beverage, as if he were an honoured guest. Then he left through the chimney, and get this!, he even stole the log from the fire! How badass is that?!

So, why only 4 stars, you ask.

Because I was deeply saddened by how the Grinch ended up succumbing to peer pressure.
Such a pernicious message to send to impressionable young minds...
" said.

" ALL TIME FAVORITE FOREVER AND EVER I LOVE THE GRINCH SO MUCH. IM GOING TO GO WATCH THE MOVIE FOR THE MILLIONTH TIME. URG SO GOOD. BEST CHRISTMAS BOOK AND MOVIE. 6 STARTS. " said.

" What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?What if Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more...? " said.

" One of my favorite Xmas stories ever. " said.

" One of my favorite children's books! My favorite line from this book is, "Christmas doesn't come from a store"! I love it and I love how the Grinch realized that Christmas is about love and hope and togetherness. Such a great message for both children and adults! " said.

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