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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr Seuss

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! (edition 1998)

by Dr Seuss, Jack Prelutsky (Author), Lane Smith (Illustrator)

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Title:Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Authors:Dr Seuss (Author)
Other authors:Jack Prelutsky (Author), Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Info:Knopf Books for Young Readers (1998), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 64 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Rhyming, teachers, school

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Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! by Dr. Seuss



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All the children who attend Diffendoofer School enjoy their zany teachers and the bizarre lessons that they teach. But when a big test comes on the scene that threatens to shut down the whole school and ship the children off to dull Flobbertown for school if they don't succeed, will the children be able to face the challenge?

Dr. Seuss had been tinkering with writing this story at the time of his death, and Jack Prelutsky does an excellent job tying together the notes left behind by Dr. Seuss into a full-fledged story. While this isn't a pastiche per se, Prelutsky has managed to write a book that does seem rather Seussical both in storyline and prose.

Meanwhile, Lane Smith's illustrations are absolutely amazing. They are clearly Smith's style and don't look like a typical Seuss book at first glance. However, Smith employed a collage style into his usual oil paintings to pay homage to Dr. Seuss by including images from Seuss's many works into these illustrations in ways that are rather meaningful (i.e., when there's a line in the text about the gym teacher lifting elephants, it's Horton's face we see over the illustration of the elephant). There's even the Easter egg of a photograph of Dr. Seuss tucked inside one of the page spreads.

If you can't get enough Dr. Seuss, this is the book for you! Even you aren't a hard-core Seuss fan, this book stands up well enough on its own as an ode to creativity and individuality in the face of mindless conformity and sinking down to the lowest common denominator. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Jan 5, 2015 |
I think that Hooray for Diffendoofer Day has become my very favorite Dr. Seuss book! Lane Smith and Jack Prelutscky did an amazing job of bringing Dr. Seuss' tale to life (I've always been of fan of Lane Smith!) I loved the combination of their artwork with original Dr. Seuss art. Incredible use of mixed media here. I also thought the plot was very well developed and I like that it teaches students that learning isn't just about math and science. I think that it would be a delight in any classroom! ( )
  L_Cochran | Mar 11, 2014 |
I rate this book 4 stars because it was a very funny book for little kids on Grade 1-2 Dr Seuss did a very great job on this book. ( )
  a_neon_minion | Jan 7, 2014 |
Bright, colorful, lively illustrations complement this "new" Dr. Seuss story. It was published posthumously based on an unfinished story that his editor uncovered. The editor called on Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith to complete and illustrate the story. Look closely at the illustrations and you will find original art by Dr. Seuss.
The first part of the book is the story of Diffendoofer School and its strange teachers. The teachers there encourage the students to learn all sorts of seemingly crazy things. The teachers at Diffendoofer are different but Miss Bonkers is “different-er” than the rest.
The familiar rhythm of Dr. Seuss tells a story that seems to be a comment on boring rigid instruction and standardized testing. The students at Diffendoofer score “10000000%” better than the students at the dreary school in Flobbertown where everyone “does everything the same.”
The second part tells the story of how the book came to be. It is a fascinating look at the creative genius of Dr. Seuss. It is also a tribute to creative teachers that focus on the whole child rather than simply the test taker.
Audience: Grades K-6; and teachers
1 vote msgudgeon2 | Feb 23, 2013 |
Review: This book is about a boy who goes to Diffendoofer school. At this school all the students have lots of fun in their classes and they like their teachers a lot. The principal is kind of grumpy though and none of the students ever see him smile. One day the principal delivers some bad news. All the students would be taking a test in 10 minutes. The students would need to pass because if they don't they would have to go to Flobbertown where everything is boring. The students all take the test and they pass it with no problem. The principal is so happy that now he has a huge smile and he will not let it go.

Genre: Modern Fantasy
Genre Critique: This book is a fantasy because almost everything in it could no ttake place in real life. The characters in the story are made up characters who do not exist in real life. Also the people in the book do a a lot of activities that are very unusual. ( )
  katherine.fuller | Nov 20, 2012 |
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Prelutsky, Jackmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Smith, Lanemain authorall editionsconfirmed
Prelutsky, JackAuthorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679890084, Hardcover)

With the release of Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! readers young and old are afforded a dazzling glimpse into the genius of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. The book is based on 14 rough drawings and verses Geisel's secretary gave to the author's editor, Janet Schulman, after his death in 1991. In these scribbled sketches and scratched-out lines, we witness the Seussian process in building a story. When brainstorming the name of what resulted in the Diffendoofer School, he jots down several possible names--"William Wilkins Woofer Junior," "Woodrow Watkins Woofer," "Zoofendorf Elementary," "J. Ebeneezer Bomberg Jr."--all of a slightly different cadence and rhythm, which he tests like a composer writing a new concerto.

A small collection of Geisel's rough sketches would be plenty to thrill even the Grinchiest of readers, but there's much more to this marvelous book. Renowned children's poet Jack Prelutsky and award-winning illustrator Lane Smith were called to action by Schulman to pull these sketches into a complete story that would make Dr. Seuss fruffulous with glee. Prelutsky's delicious verse is uncannily Seussian, and it is inexplicably sensational when exploring the Diffendoofer School to discover good old Horton, a platter of green eggs and ham, and a few Whos from Who-ville scattered across the surreal and fascinating landscape of Smith's artwork. Lane and Prelutsky have gone above and beyond the call of duty, maintaining the characters and themes Geisel was just beginning to develop, but enhancing them with their own delightful stylistic stamps.

Above all, this incredible book is an ode to unorthodox, unusually creative teachers, and the innovative thinking they encourage in young minds. (Miss Twining, for example, teaches "how to tell chrysanthemums from miniature poodles.") It is a noble theme, and one that Geisel surely had in mind when he concocted these preliminary sketches. Both new Dr. Seuss aficionados and those who remember The Cat in the Hat's 1957 debut will cherish this book for its message, artwork, and poetry, and most of all, as a tribute to the man who inspired thousands of readers. (Age 3 and older)

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The students of Diffendoofer School celebrate their unusual teachers and curriculum, including Miss Fribble who teaches laughing, Miss Bonkers who teaches frogs to dance, and Mr. Katz who builds robotic rats.

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