Hardcover, 56 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Format read: Finished copy via publisher
Old fans and new readers will fall in love all over again with Horton, Marco, a ingenious police officer and a devious Grinch, as they explore the hows and whys of the world, with only the charm and honesty that a Dr. Seuss tale can provide.
Synopsis via publisher:
A new Dr. Seuss book! This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places—including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch—as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch. With a color palette enhanced beyond that of the magazines in which the stories originally appeared, this new volume of “lost” tales is a perfect gift for young readers and a must-have for Seuss collectors of all ages!
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, reintroduces us to familiar characters from Dr. Seuss's previous works, in new settings and situations, but with Seuss's trademark heart and charm.
"Horton and the Kwuggerbug" shows us what happens when Seuss's most faithful elephant agrees to go along with a crafty insect's quest, with very mixed results.
"Marco Comes Late" brings us back to Mulberry Street, as the impish Marco from "And To I Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street", explains quite sheepishly, why he's late for school.
"How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town" is another story that takes place on Mulberry Street, as a vigilant police officer prevents a gnat from causing catastrophe from hitting the street and beyond.
And finally, in "The Hoobub and the Grinch", one of Seuss's infamous Grinch's, convinces an innocent Hoobub to take part in a poor trade.
Even though these four familiar characters are undertaking new adventures, this quartet of stories all share a common theme: the idea that one individual can make a difference, for better or worse, in another's life.
Seuss's tacit emphasis that one person has the power to create ripple effects wherever they go, along with some surprisingly adult themes on ethics, is a powerful and thought-provoking message that will undoubtedly inspire positive dialogue between educators, parents and young readers alike.
Outside of Seuss's trademark tetrameter, the illustrations in the book are beautiful, nostalgic-inspiring, and will undoubtedly pull readers into the whimsy of the Seussian world.
Bottom line: Readers of all ages will love this new addition into the Dr. Seuss legacy, and will appreciate the book for its smart themes, and reminder of what the charm and heart of a Seussian world. I predict that this book will become a staple of many bedtime story rotations, and I look forward to sharing this with my own family in the years to come.
About the author
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.