This book is comprised of four stories that were little known Dr. Seuss published pieces from about sixty years ago. Included are:
Horton and the Kwuggerbug: A kwuggerbug drops on Horton's head and tells him about a Beezlenut tree. He makes a bargain with Horton. He will tell Horton where the tree is if Horton will transport him there. Horton will get half of the nuts in exchange. But in the end the bug does not deal fairly with Horton and gets a consequence in return.
Marco Comes Late (Marco is from several Seuss stories including Mulberry Street): Marco comes late to school and spins an unbelievable tale for his teacher about a bird that lays an egg on his head.
How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town: Officer Pat saves the town by smacking a gnat who could have caused all sorts of trouble for the town according to the long tale he tells.
The Hoobub and the Grinch: The Grinch sells a Hoobub a piece of string after telling him how wonderful it is.
I was a bit worried about reading old stories of Seuss that popped up, thinking that they might not be of the same quality. But these four short stories are fun and the rhyming is zippy which helps move the stories along at a fast pace. The Hoobub and the Grinch is only 2 pages long which is a bit disappointing, but the other story lengths, although short are good lengths. The Horton story is rather negative with a moral that if you don't play fair, you will bear the negative consequences. The layout of the words is quite squished since they were putting four stories together. This might make it more difficult for new readers. But overall, I liked these stories and the nice thing about having more than one story in a book is that you can reread just your favorites.
More 'long lost' stories by Dr. Seuss rediscovered in obscure magazines from the 1950s. And featuring some of your favorite characters from Horton to the Grinch!
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