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The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss

The Butter Battle Book (1984)

by Dr. Seuss

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The Butter Battle Book is another of Dr. Seuss's titles which reflect his activist side. Through satirical humor, he explores the ridiculousness and futility of war. The Yooks and the Zooks have an age-old disagreement over which way to eat their bread, butter side up or down, and as a result, they eventually start a war over it. They begin with sentries guarding the wall separating their borders which of course, could be taken as a metaphor for anything that separates us from our fellow man. One side fires upon the other with a slingshot and from there, the conflict continues to escalate with each side coming up with increasingly preposterous weapons until both possess a small bomb which could blow the other side to smithereens and in essence wipe out the world.

It's doubtful that younger children will understand the deeper meaning behind the story, but they're sure to be delighted with the classic Seuss rhyming text and whimsical illustrations of Seuss-ified characters and their silly machines. With parental or educator guidance older children can glean an important message about getting along with others who have different views in order to prevent conflict from happening and not feeling like you have to one up each other until you either reach an impossible situation or the worst occurs. I think this simple lesson could be applied to our daily lives, as well as the world at large for preventing warfare. Overall, The Butter Battle Book was another fabulous Dr. Seuss story that has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. ( )
  mom2lnb | Nov 4, 2018 |
Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.
  reassist | Nov 1, 2018 |
The Yooks and Zooks absolutely hate each other. One group puts butter on the top, the other on the bottom. Throughout the book, they create weapon after weapon to demolish the other. It ends with both sides holding bombs, waiting for the other to throw first.

Not my favorite Dr. Seuss book, but an interesting take on the Cold War. The pictures violently show the dispute and you can really feel the emotion in the art. It's very tense language and illustrations. It seems very silly to fight over bread, but this is meant to help kids understand the Cold War. I'm not a fan of the story, and I didn't grow up with this one, but it (purposely) didn't have the same charm as the other books. ( )
  kvedros | Mar 7, 2018 |
This book told a courageous story about two different groups of people that were either in a community called the Yooks or Zooks. The Yooks were the butter side up community and the Zooks were apart of the butter side down community. Dr. Seuss tells the story about the Yooks and Zooks not agreeing with one another and ends up battling it out in the end over which is better. Dr. Seuss includes wonderful illustrations that really express what is going on in the story. He uses a variety different of colors and images to display what feelings and emotions that are happening in the story. Each passage is very unique in the way he used his words. ( )
  HalieL | Feb 23, 2018 |
A grandfather explains the battle between Zooks who eat their bread, butter side down and the Yooks who eat their bread, butter side up, to his grandson. Each side kept coming up with bigger and grander weapons until each side has a "Big-Boy Boomeroo" to blow up the other side. ( )
  mckennalandry | Jan 22, 2018 |
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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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