Guest Author - Taisha Turner
Dr. Seuss is the writer and illustrator of Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? The Classic Seuss hardcover book has sixty-four pages. Dr. Seuss’s intended audience is children between four and eight-years-old. Yet, many adults enjoy Dr. Seuss's book, too. In fact, many children will not relate to certain situations in the picture book as well as an adult.
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? begins with a very sad young character. He feels sorry for himself. In the Desert of Drize, he meets an old man who sits on a cactus. Dr. Seuss, through the old man, explains to the young person that he is lucky. Many people have troubles that the young man does not and cannot imagine.
The fun begins as Dr. Seuss uses his trademark rhymes and nonsensical words to describe the troubles of others. Harry Haddow has no shadow. Gucky Gown lives ninety miles out of town. A guy has a two-story unicycle. On Zayt Highway Eight the traffic is terrible. Ga-Zair has a bedroom on the top of one house and his bathroom is in another at the top of it.
Children will love the rhyming verse and the colorful pictures. They love to repeat the silly names. Dr. Seuss uses a less traditional way to brighten young lives. We(kids and adults) usually ignore the old admonition, “There is someone worse off than you.”
Adults will appreciate the picture book because they, not children, have problems with traffic jams or bathrooms on different levels of a house. In snarling traffic jams, children fight and yell to further stress adults. Stairs do not bother children. Kids zip up and down steps like a tornado.
Dr. Seuss’s Did Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? is a fun picture book for kids and adults. The hilarious characters and their difficulties will have the reader forgetting their own troubles. Smiles will replace frowns after just a few pages. No problems! Just enjoy the hardcover story book like any other Dr. Seuss classic book.
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Note: Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr Seuss review copy is from the library.