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The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book (1984)

by Dr. Seuss

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I cannot say it better than Maurice Sendak: “Surprisingly, wonderfully, the case for total disarmament has been brilliantly made by our acknowledged master of nonsense, Dr. Seuss. . . . Only a genius of the ridiculous could possibly deal with the cosmic and lethal madness of the nuclear arms race.” See: Hursh, J. (2013). International Law, Armed Conflict, and the Construction of Otherness: A Critical Reading of Dr. Seuss’s The Butter Battle Book and a Renewed Call for Global Citizenship. New York Law School Law Review (58) 3, 617-652. As relevant today as in 1984 when Seuss wrote the book in response to Reagan's escalation of the nuclear arms race ... we will never learn ... ( )
  GReader28 | May 4, 2016 |
loved the rhymes in this! ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
This is a good book because it has a good build up (climax) to the fight. It's also fun because the war is over whether or not people eat toast with their butter on the bottom or top side. Recommend to students if they like rhyme mixed in with some competition. The setting and characters are fun to immerse ourselves into because they are fun and have silly names.

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  Bcruz14 | Jan 30, 2016 |
The battle of the Yooks who eat butter side up and the Zooks who eat their butter side down. Both sides go back and forth competing against each other with large weaponry. They fight with their inventions with a wall between them then at the end they try to blow each other up. The book ends with you clueless and wondering who is going to drop the bomb first.
Dr. Suess incorporates many made-up rhyming words that grabs the reader's attention with his creativity. You are always on edge on what kind of invention is going to be made next and whether or not the Zooks or the Yooks are create something better. I like the constant back and forth battle. Although it has a violent concept of war, Dr. Suess keeps it imaginative with a great storyline.
GENRE: Fantasy
USE: ~teach kids how to share
~teach kids to value others opinions ( )
  japodaca14 | Jan 26, 2016 |
In this modern fantasy, we see why there is a battle between the two sides of the wall (one side butters their bread on the top, the other on the bottom). They tried many ways to win the war, but nothing was working. So eventually, the butter up side invented something that would end all the war! All they had to do was drop it on the other side of the way. However, the butter down side got the same idea, and the book ends in a cliff hanger of who will drop it first. ( )
  BethWal94 | Nov 25, 2015 |
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A cautionary Cold War tale (first told by Dr. Seuss back in 1984), The Butter Battle Book still has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. Explaining the very serious differences between the Zooks and the Yooks, a Zook grandpa tells his grandchild the unspeakable truth: "It's high time that you knew of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with the butter side down!" He then recalls his days with the Zook-Watching Border Patrol, as he gave any Zook who dared come close "a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch." But when the Zooks fought back, the switches gave way to Triple-Sling Jiggers, then Jigger-Rock Snatchems--even a Kick-a-Poo Kid that was "loaded with powerful Poo-a-Doo Powder and ants' eggs and bees' legs and dried-fried clam chowder."

With lots of fun and more-than-fair digs at the runaway spending and one-upmanship of U.S.-Soviet days, The Butter Battle Book makes a chuckle-filled read whether you're old enough to get the historical references or not. (And with all the Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroos still in service, this book's message is far from obsolete.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.

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