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Wacky Wednesday (1974)
by Dr. Seuss
Like most of the books written under Dr. Seuss’ secondary pen name (Theo LeSieg) and illustrated by other individuals, Wacky Wednesday falls short of the full Seussical magic that imbues many of his other books. The basis for the story, the increasing wackiness of this particular Wednesday as observed by an increasingly confused young protagonist, is strong as it contains the seed of whimsy that Dr. Seuss’ mad-cap stories are known for, but without his unique style of illustrations the story misses the mark by a hair. The narration is simple, essentially asking readers to spot an increasing number of wacky occurrences with each scene as the boy goes about his day, which provides young readers with lots of entertainment with each turn of the page. But with Seuss not providing any specific direction to the illustrator in terms of content, free reign and madness could be explored at whim, yet Booth’s style is a touch too simple and doesn’t reach the potential that Seuss set him up for. I’m not sure why Seuss himself didn’t bother illustrating this book (1974 seems to be right in the midst of his career, though at a bit of a point of decline), but it seems a shame that we missed out on what could have been one of his most whimsically illustrated books!
I liked this book for a few reasons. First I liked the language in the book because of the rhyming, and visual appeals. I love that this book could be read to any elementary age and it still be fun. The book is a fun because the reader is on a hunt to find all the wacky things on the page. I like the rhyming in the book, for example "I went out the school door. Things were worse than before. I couldn't believe it. Ten wacky things more!".
We've all had them. Those days that just seem to be crazy and wacky. Those days that you just want to go get back in bed and not get back up again until the next day.
Well, this little children's book puts a funny little twist to those days. It makes learning to count fun and funny! Some of the people around him make him feel like he is the crazy one, then he comes across someone who helps him out and let's him know he isn't quite as crazy as people try to make him out to be.
Oh such is Life! Sometimes, you feel like you're the only one going through some craziness until you run into that one person that lets you know: No, it's not just you! I deal with it or have dealt with it as well!
This has become yet another favorite Dr. Seuss book! Yes, I am a "bit old" to be going through these just to go through them, but, there are so many books that I know weren't read to me when I was little because they either came out as I got older and/or we just didn't know about them at the time. It also just may be that I don't remember some of them because I was so young.
Wacky Wednesday was a fun, cute read in a way that only Dr. Seuss and these types of books can be!
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Random House: Beginner Books (B-59)
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Drawings and verse point out the many things that are wrong one wacky Wednesday.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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One of my favorite books from childhood! I loved trying to find the amount of 'wacky' mistakes on each page! And I always had a hard time on the pages where you have to find 20 (turns out, I still do!)
This was fun to share with the five year old in my life, even if he couldn't read the 2 or 3 'wacky' written errors! He giggled quite often at the silliness of it all! I did too! ( )