Friday, November 25, 2011

The Bippolo Seed by Dr. Seuss

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a collection of some of Dr. Seuss's work published in magazines. Most appeared within a few years of 1950.

Although the stories are all intended for children, this collection is obviously meant more for adults. It's got a long introduction telling about the stories and about Dr. Seuss's career mid-20th-century, and the text of the stories is dense on the pages. There aren't as many illustrations as there would be if the stories had been originally published as books, but the layout could have been made easier on the eye. New readers may have trouble with it as a result.

The seven stories themselves are charming, the illustrations prime Seuss. They're good enough that you don't need to be a Dr. Seuss completist to want the book.

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Kelly Robinson said...

I'm glad to hear that they're good, but the fact that they're previously published says a lot. I'm so tired of people like Seuss having every tepid shred of writing they accidentally left in a desk drawer trotted out and sold by their relatives.

K.C. Shaw said...

God, that's the truth. Authors should do the world a favor and burn everything unpublished/unfinished before they die.