Pros: Memorable story and creative illustrations.
Cons: The Grinch might scare smaller children.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is Dr. Seuss’ memorable classic about how the Grinch tried to steal all the presents from the Whos of Who-ville to spoil their Christmas. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is definitely the best out of all of Dr. Seuss’ books that many children will enjoy for many generations.
Everybody in Who-ville loved Christmas except for the Grinch who hated Christmas. Every Christmas Eve, the Grinch would look on in hatred at the Whos as they celebrate Christmas by having their Christmas feast and playing with their Christmas toys. To make matters worse, the Whos would start singing their Christmas songs together. The Grinch just stood there at his cave about how he should stop the Whos from celebrating Christmas and then he got an awful idea! He would dress himself up as Santa Claus and go into the Who village and steal all of their presents!
The Grinch then immediately goes to a Who house and starts stealing all the Whos’ gifts and food! Just as the Grinch started stuffing the Christmas tree up the chimney, a small Who girl named Cindy-Lou Who wakes up and finds the Grinch stuffing the Christmas tree up the chimney. Cindy-Lou Who then asks the Grinch why he is taking the tree and the Grinch lies to the girl and tells her that he is sending the tree to his workshop to get it fixed. Cindy-Lou Who buys this lie and she goes back to bed, while the Grinch continues stuffing the tree up the chimney and goes to all the other Whos’ houses and steals their gifts and food. When the Grinch went all the Whos’ houses and stole their presents, the Grinch goes to Mount Crumpit to toss the presents over the mountain. The Grinch wanted to hear the Whos start crying about their missing presents and so he went to edge of the mountain to hear the Whos and…
Will the Whos have a pleasant Christmas again and will the Grinch hate Christmas forever?
Read the rest of the book to find out!
Dr. Seuss’ tale of finding the true meaning of the Christmas spirit has been memorable in many generations’ eyes and the writing is excellent as it is written in a creative way by using a rhyming text that truly showed the creativity of this book. Dr. Seuss’s illustrations are extremely creative especially when most of the images are in black and white, but Dr. Seuss uses some red coloring in the images from the Grinch’s Santa suit to his red eyes to represent the colors of Christmas.
Parents should know that the Grinch might scare smaller children, especially since the Grinch is drawn in a very menacing way with his red eyes and his evil scowls. Also, smaller children might be upset at the fact that the Grinch steals all the Whos’ presents without remorse and that might upset many children who are afraid that their presents would get stolen by a mysterious stranger.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is Dr. Seuss’ greatest classic as it shows children what the true meaning of Christmas is really all about and has remain to be a true classic in many generations’ hearts. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the images of the Grinch might scare smaller children.