Title : How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Author : Dr. Seuss
Illustrator : Dr. Seuss
Publisher : HarperCollins Children’s Books
Year of Publishing : 2010 (First published in 1957)
Age Suggestion : 5+
Type : Picture Storybook
I don’t know whether there’s a storybook that has stronger character than the storybooks made by Dr. Seuss. I just love it! It’s really a shame I don’t get to know him when I was little.
But, I bet children or adults know this one. All over the world! This one is already made into movie by Jim Carrey (and whom adults don’t know him?), Grinch. In the movie, Grinch is illustrated by a green beast, although we will never know what the real color of his body, because Dr. Seuss chose to draw them all in black and white.
Grinch hates Christmas! In the Who-ville, the Whos always get excited over Christmas, they will hang the mistletoe and stockings, and they will have a big feast, and in the end of the day, they will sing! And Grinch hate all that, especially the noises that they make!
So, Grinch has a wonderful idea. It is an awful idea. Grinch gets a wonderful awful idea! He will steal Christmas from Who-ville people! Instead of Saint Nick (the name of Santa in Who-ville), the Whos will get the Grinch! So…
he loaded some bags
And some old empty sacks
On a ramshackle sleigh
And he hitched up old Max
Then the Grinch said, “Giddap!”
And the sleigh started down
Toward the homes where the Whos
Lay-a-snooze in their town
Grinch thought that how it will upset The Whos! But, he found out that Christmas is more than hanging Sockings and having a big feast. What did Grinch find? You gotta read by yourself if you’re curious!
The illustration in this book is especially interesting. Like I mentioned earlier, Dr. Seuss didn’t draw the characters in colorful way as he usually did. Instead, he did in Black and White drawings. And here it is the interesting one, he only put one more color, which is red! The special color of Christmas, as we all know. The Grinch even had a pair of red eyes. You’re gonna feel the Christmas feeling instantly.
(If you want to see the colorful side of Dr. Seuss, you can see some pictures in other review here: Oh Say Can You Say by Dr. Seuss)
And Dr. Seuss never left his habit, even in the rather long story like this Grinch, he still came with exciting songs and rhymes. How amazing!