11 complete stories at a great price!
The Cat in the Hat read by Kelsey Grammer
Horton Hears a Who read by Dustin Hoffman
How the Grinch Stole Christmas read by Walter Matthau
Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? read by John Cleese
The Lorax read by Ted Danson
Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag read by John Lithgow
Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose read by Mercedes McCambridge
Horton Hatches the Egg read by Billy Crystal
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back read by Kelsey Grammer
|Publisher:||Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Series:||Classic Seuss Series|
|Edition description:||Unabridged, 2 CDs, 2 hrs. 15 min.|
|Product dimensions:||5.07(w) x 5.86(h) x 0.54(d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever! In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.
Date of Birth:March 2, 1904
Date of Death:September 4, 1991
Place of Birth:Springfield, Massachusetts
Place of Death:La Jolla, California
Education:B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This collection, read by a bevy of talented actors, comprises the following: The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back read by Kelsey GrammerHorton Hears a Who read by Dustin HoffmanHow the Grinch Stole Christmas read by Walter MatthauDid I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? read by John CleeseThe Lorax read by Ted DansonYertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag read by John LithgowThidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose read by Mercedes McCambridgeHorton Hatches the Egg read by Billy CrystalI won't write a review for each of the stories, but will just say that I had never before experienced Dr. Seuss this way before, having always read the physical book with those wonderful illustrations as a child, and must say that I was amazed by how entertaining I found this collection, though it must be said that it helps that the narration is conducted by professional actors who have all proved their worth as comic talents. As I mentioned on another thread, hearing him now as an adult, I can recognize where some of my deepest held beliefs about right and wrong, fairness and equality, animal advocacy and even democracy were first put into words.My absolute favourites were probably The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (no big surprise there), and this was closely followed by Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, The Big Brag and Horton Hears a Who.
I selected to listen to Horton Hears a Who read by Dustin Hoffman. I was not prepared for what I heard. There were positives and negatives from this audio of Horton Hears a Who. First I am a big fan of Dustin Hoffman (Midnight Cowboy) so I came in already with a mind set that was favorable. While following the story I was glad that there was background sounds/music/noises that was accompanying Hoffman's voice. A bit long of a track at over 16 minutes for the story. Hoffman's voice was too over the place, too many different voices one sounded more like count Dracula than Horton. It was ok but it felt and sounded a bit cheesy, not the best but something different which is a good thing. I do give Hoffman credit for trying to be engaging, entertaining, and funny but it just seemed to fall a bit short. I would recommend cd-audio children's book for a couple of reasons, it is good to mix it up and bring in a different media, and I am sure children will be drawn to the mysterious words coming from the speakers.Ages 1 and up.
My three-year old daughter loves listening to this CD in the car- and I love hearing it as well. The narrators bring my favorite stories from my childhood to life, and allow me to entertain my daughter when I need to focus my attention elsewhere. Our favorite is 'Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose' primarily because it is so well done, but perhaps also because sometimes, we are all just like Thidwick, and don't know how or when to kindly and politely say 'No.'