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Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories
Contributor(s): Dr Seuss (Author)

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ISBN: 0385382987     ISBN-13: 9780385382984
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2014

Annotation: "A collection of 'lost' stories written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss and published in magazines in the 1950s. Includes an introduction by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen"--

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
- Juvenile Fiction | Stories In Verse (see Also Poetry)
- Juvenile Fiction | Short Stories
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2014003038
Lexile Measure: 650 AD (Adult Directed Text)
Series: Classic Seuss
Physical Information: 0.3" H x 8.2" W x 11.1" (0.75 lbs) 53 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 170293
Reading Level: 3.7   Interest Level: Lower Grades   Point Value: 0.5
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Contributor Bio(s): Theodor Seuss Geisel—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into 30 languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
Hang out with Horton and Marco again, return to Mulberry Street, and meet another Grinch in this new book of stories only ever published in Redbook magazine in the 1950s. An illuminating introduction by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen puts the stories in context for older kids, while the rhyming text and expressive illustrations will delight readers both young and old.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 June #3)

Charles D. Cohen, the avid Seussian behind The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, presents another four little-known manuscripts by Theodor Seuss Geisel. In his introduction, Cohen contextualizes the tales, which were published in Redbook and never became full-fledged picture books. In the title tale, "Horton and the Kwuggerbug" (1951), an insect and "terrible fellow! That Kwuggerbug guy" fools gentle Horton into ferrying him across an alligator-infested river and up a mountain to a delicious, out-of-reach Beezlenut tree. "Marco Comes Late" (1950) reprises And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street as Marco exaggerates his reasons for arriving late to school. Mulberry Street's escalating formula likewise figures in "How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town" (1950), about a policeman who anticipates trouble on a quiet day. The most interesting entry is a two-page fragment, "The Hoobub and the Grinch" (1955), in which a proto-Grinch character urges a gullible creature to pay 98¢ for some string. By no means gems, these archives suggest how Geisel tinkered with characters, developed his signature tetrameter, and commented on ethical issues, circa 1950. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 July)

PreS-Gr 3—Readers will delight in this book of "lost" stories, told in Seuss's signature inventive rhyme. Horton is back and is as bighearted as always. The Kwuggerbug, on the other hand, is decidedly not. The art is classic Seuss and the illustrations perfectly match the text. In "Marco Comes Late," a student explains his tardiness with a grand tale to tell his teacher. And it's almost entirely true! "Officer Pat" is a policeman on the lookout for trouble. When a gnat threatens a cat, Officer Pat begins to imagine how this tiny wrinkle could put the whole town at risk. It's silly and fun, and the rhyme reinforces it all. The last story is not as satisfying as the others due to its abbreviated length. Still, it's good to see the Grinch up to his old Grinchy ways again. The introduction, by scholar Charles D. Cohen, is chock-full of background and offers the provenance of these stories collected from a variety of magazines. Dr. Seuss stories are irresistible, and this collection is no exception.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 February)

PreS-Gr 3—Revisit some old friends and make a few new ones with this wonderful book of lost Seuss stories, previously published in Redbook magazine during the 1950s. These four gems are further evidence of the timelessness of Dr. Seuss. In "Horton and the Kwuggerbug," Horton (almost) gets bamboozled by a clever, conniving Kwuggerbug. In "Marco Comes Late," Marco's tall tale is an imaginative masterpiece, but it fails to fool his teacher, Miss Block. The very keen and alert Officer Pat's forward-chaining logic—starting with a gnat and a cat—saves the town from utmost certainty of being blown to smithereens in "How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town." In "The Hoobub and the Grinch" the world is full of Grinches trying to sell Hoobubs swamp land, bridges, or in this case, green string. Chris Cox's rhythmical narration is perfect. Included is a brief commentary on Dr. Seuss' writing career by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. VERDICT This is a great choice for Seuss fans of all ages.—Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH

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