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Hooper Humperdink...? Not him! by Dr. Seuss

Hooper Humperdink...? Not him!

by Dr. Seuss

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The message of this book is to consider other people’s feeling when making decisions because your decision may hurt their feelings.
I didn’t really enjoy this book for one reason, the plot. I enjoyed the point of view and the writing but the plot, I was certainly not a fan of.
For this story, the plot seems so trivial. The person that is throwing the party, in my mind it was a girl, is going to invite everyone she knows to her party but won’t invite Hooper Humperdink because well she admits that “I don’t know why, but somehow I don’t like that guy” which is a very unsatisfying explanation. This plot shows a boy being excluded for almost the entire book but then the host of the party just all the sudden decides to invite him. It seems random and not very well thought out.
I did however enjoy how this book was from the point of view of the host. It was interesting to see this story from her point of view and to watch her name off all the things that she would need for her party. She listed her guests from A-Z, which was a very creative way, and even explained how everyone would get to her party. I would have expected this book to be in third person, the narrator explaining the situation but it was a surprise to see it from the host’s point of view.
Finally, I liked the writing of this story for a few reasons: the way everything was listed from A-Z (her guests names, everything she would need for the party, ect.) and how it was incorporated into the rhyming of the story. It was impressive to see how the author was able to rhyme words with names of a certain letter.
  graceberry | Nov 15, 2015 |
A boy is having a big party and wants to invite everyone, but not Hooper Humperdink. He claims that Hooper Humperdink is a party pooper and decides to leave him out. This book lists so many names invited to the party in alphabetic order. By the end of the story, the boy decides that the party is so fun, that no one should miss out so he invites Hooper Humperdink. This is a fun story about how people shouldn't be left out. Everyone should be included and it isn't fair to leave people out for no reason. I think children would thoroughly enjoy this story and I personally enjoyed it. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 27, 2015 |
This book is about Hooper Humperdink. Throughout the whole book we witness multiple people going to a party, but he is not invited. It seems as though everyone in town is allowed to go except for him. At the very end, the narrator realizes that everyone in town from A to Z have been invited to the party. The narrator would not want anyone to miss the party so Hooper ends up being invited and is very excited.
  kvail | Mar 17, 2014 |
The narrator is having a party and he invited a lot of people but not Hooper Humperdink intle the end he did invite him. ( )
  dbhutch | Jan 12, 2011 |
I love this book!!! The whole time, the narrator is speaking of the huge, fun, party or carnival that he is having. He talks about the activities and festivities and how he is going to invite every single person he knows and more; however, the whole time he is also reminding us that he is not going to invite Hooper Humperdink—because for some reason, he just doesn’t like him very much. The illustrations really make the book—they show all of these people and all of this fun, and Hooper Humperdink standing on the outside looking in and appearing very sad and hurt because of this rejection. But…in the end, the host decides to invite Hooper after all! This book teaches children about acceptance and inclusion—it makes them feel sad for Hooper and teaches them that no one deserves to feel like that so include everyone and do not leave anyone out! ( )
  ashleylegan | Apr 12, 2009 |
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From Alice and Abe to Zeb and Zipper, an alphabetical array of guests turns out for the biggest birthday party ever. But Hooper Humperdink isn’t on the guest list!

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A youngster plans a huge, spectacular party, inviting friends whose names begin with every letter from A to Z--except for one person.

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