July 28, 2015

Dr. Seuss Classic Celebratory Tour: Review – Happy Birthday to You!

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In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

In celebration of this publication, a whole slew of bloggers are reviewing different Dr. Seuss books!  

We will be reviewing Happy Birthday to You! published in 1959 (WOW!)

You can check out what other bloggers are reviewing by the list at the end of the post!

You can also find out more about What Pet Should I Get after the review!

What was your favorite Dr. Seuss book?  Are you feeling nostalgic yet?

Happy Birthday to You

Bigger than New Year’s, the Fourth of July, and Halloween all rolled into one, birthdays are for celebrating with Dr. Seuss in his first all-color picture book, Happy Birthday to You! Fly with the Great Birthday Bird in this fantastical commemoration of YOU! And make the most of your special day, which only comes once a year!
“Today you are you! That is truer than true!
There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”
The ultimate birthday gift for ages one to 101—from the one and only Dr. Seuss!

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MaryAnn-2015I remember reading Dr. Seuss books as a child, and I remember having them read to me (which was probably the best thing of all). I remember how engrossed I was with each word, each page, each picture, each story. Every book different than the last…

And now as a mom, I was able to watch the same reactions in my children (twice!). There’s nothing like a Dr. Seuss book to transport you back in time to when times seemed a whole lot easier.

Happy Birthday to You! Is no exception. From start to finish, I was smiling. Why? Because this book is a celebration of you! It’s YOUR birthday! It’s YOUR day! Celebrate YOU because YOU are what makes this world all that more better!

It was an explosion of words that would make anyone feel like they were the most important person in the world on their birthday. The best cake, the best gifts, the best party…the best everything because it’s YOUR day!

How could you not smile after reading this book? I am going to start a new tradition. I’m reading this book to my kids on their birthday…I don’t care how old they are…AND I’m going to read this book to my grandkids. The words and rhymes in Happy Birthday to You! will, no doubt, leave the birthday boy or girl feeling special beyond words.

What I wished while reading Happy Birthday to You! was that someone was reading it to me. The best part of listening to a Dr. Seuss book was looking at the pictures while listening to the words. It made the world of Dr. Seuss all that more magical!

I recommend Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss to readers everywhere! I think it would be a wonderful addition to any birthday celebrations you may have. But I can’t only recommend one Dr. Seuss book! I encourage you to explore as many as you can, and get swept up in a world created for kids and for those of us who are young at heart.

What Pet Should I Get

A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!

This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet — and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!

Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.

An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work.

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Publication Date:  July 28, 2015
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

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About Dr. Seuss

Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit

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