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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (600 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Seuss Narrator: Neil Patrick Harris, Anjelica Huston, Jason Lee, William H. Macy Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2011 ISBN: 9780307746061
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It's the literary equivalent of buried treasure! Seuss scholar/collector Charles D. Cohen has hunted down seven rarely seen stories by Dr. Seuss. Originally published in magazines between 1948 and 1959, they include "The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga " (about a rabbit who is saved from a bear with a single eyelash!); "Gustav the Goldfish" (an early, rhymed version of the Beginner Book A Fish Out of Water);  "Tadd and Todd" (a tale passed down via photocopy to generations of twins); "Steak for Supper" (about fantastic creatures who follow a boy home in anticipation of a steak dinner); "The Bippolo Seed" (in which a scheming feline leads an innocent duck to make a bad decision); "The Strange Shirt Spot" (the inspiration for the bathtub-ring scene in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back); and "The Great Henry McBride" (about a boy whose far-flung career fantasies are only bested by those of the real Dr. Seuss himself).

In an introduction to the collection, Cohen traces the history of these stories, which demonstrate an intentional and significant change that led to the writing style we associate with Dr. Seuss today.  Cohen also explores these stories' themes that recur in better-known Seuss stories (like the importance of the imagination, or the perils of greed).  With a color palette that has been enhanced beyond the limitations of the original magazines in which they appeared, this is a collection of stories that no Seuss fan (whether scholar or second-grader) will want to miss!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The buffed-up illustrations look brand new, and...the writing is as fresh, silly and exhilarating as it must have been when first seen. The good Doctor may be dead these 20 years, but he’s still good for splendid surprises."
  •  ChildrensBooksGuide.com, 2011's Best Children's Books
    "…Everything you’d expect from this master… Chock full of rhyming, goofy characters and whimsical illustrations."
  • San Francisco Chronicle, October 30, 2011 
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, August 19, 2011:
  • The stories' rhymed couplets are pitch-perfect, the verse's rhythm as snappy as in any of Seuss's better-known works...[F]ans old and young will deem these 'lost' stories a tremendous find."
  • Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011:
  • Fans of Dr. Seuss will especially love this addition to the collection...and [it] will surely become a bedtime favorite…Dr. Seuss is always great and these "lost stories" are bound to delight."
  • Digital-Storytime.com, September 27, 2011
  • …A wonderful collection of seven stories… They are exceptional and will enchant both young readers and older ones alike… the illustrations are also exceptional, capturing the familiar whimsy of Seuss…"
  • Excelsiorfile, October 11, 2011
  • A collection of tales featuring…that cadence…that is as distinctly Seuss as iambic pantamenter is to Shakespeare.  To read the book…it is almost impossible to not begin by reading aloud…and to do so…reveals some interesting information about…the development of that cadence we know by heart and memory...  And for those older Seuss fans its an even better reminder of what can and should be expected in terms of books for young readers."
  • Hooray for Books! Indepedent Bookstore, October 14, 2011
  • Fans of Seuss will know to expect outlandish creatures, exuberant rhyme, funny adventures, and even a little food for thought. You’ll find all that and more in 'Bippolo Seed.'  This book is a fantastic find for Seuss fans of all ages...!"
  • Barnes and Noble, September 2011
  • Children, their parents, and their grandparents will all treasure this singular batch of rarely seen…stories…these tales exude the sprightliness that we have all come to associate with the…master."
  • Lunch.com, September 30, 2011
  • I tip my hat to Dr. Cohen for his love of Dr. Seuss' vision and the work that went into tracking down these tales. If not for him, future generations might never have been able to experience this amazing collection."
  • BestAppsforKids.com, October 19, 2011
  • A wonderful anthology of stories…, each full of the wondrous Dr. Seuss style of imaginative...characters, beautifully odd illustrations, and fantastical rhyming prose… They are important works of early Dr. Seuss."
  • Giggleapps.com, October 17, 2011
  • Little imaginations will be delighted with more nonsensical Seussish characters to love and entertaining stories with which to sharpen their reading skills…Each story is chock full of Dr Seuss genius and inventive use of words…"
  • Apptudes.com, October 5, 2011
  • ...Clever, witty and engaging, with pitch-perfect rhyming couplets and his distinctive illustrations…they will provide...readers with the sheer delight of enjoying more Seuss-isms."
  • Readings.com, September 26, 2011
  • Books by Dr. Seuss are classic...passed on from generation to generation… When he died in 1991…no one expected to see new work from him again… Each of these tales is a rhythmical delight with the tongue-twisting text we’ve come to expect from Dr. Seuss. The illustrations are wacky, playful and colorful...and each of these tales is sure to spark imagination."
  • Cracking the Cover (blog), October 13, 2011
  • If you or someone you know, whether large or small, is a Seuss fan, go get a copy of The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories...it’s excellent stuff."
  • The Mac Observer, October 18, 2011
  • Truly a great piece of treasure for your family's library! USA Today, October 5, 2011
    "Did you know a bunch of 'lost' Dr. Seuss stories were unearthed recently?...As one would expect with Seuss, they're incredibly clever.
  • The Baltimore Examiner, September 28, 2011
  • ...A fantastic new collection...More than just a literary gem, which it certainly is…"
  • The Atlantic, September 27, 2011
  • ...A treasure trove from one of the greats of children's literature...an unexpected treat...  The collection sings with Geisel's trademark rhyme, rhythm, wordplay and serious silly streak.  A must-have addition to your Seuss collection. BoingBoing.net, October 27, 2011
    "...A new Seuss collection is reason to celebrate...and Bippolo Seed is more than a curiosity or a completist's collection of offcuts -- much of the material in this book stands with Seuss's best-loved work.  The illustrations are classic Seuss and full of wit and irreverence…"

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MJ | 1/14/2014

    " My new favorite Dr. Seuss Story is the Bippolo Seed! Amazing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tammy Seidel | 1/10/2014

    " Dr. Seuss continues NOT to disappoint me! LOVED THIS! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shaida Hossein | 1/9/2014

    " Some things in life should remain loss and this is one of those things. I grew up reading Dr. Seuss and maybe these "lost stories" should have just been published in magazines. The stories in this book are The Bippolo Seed, The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga, Gustav, the Goldfish, Tadd and Todd, Streak for Supper, The Strange Shirt Spot, The Great Henry McBride. If I had to pick a favorite it would be The Bippolo Seed; however, The Strange Shirt Spot and The Great Henry McBride were ridiculously stupid and pointless! Definitely if you are curious about this book (which I was), then I suggest you borrow it from the library (like I did); it is definitely not worth purchasing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 1/7/2014

    " Mixed bag of seven lost stories. The best of the bunch is "Tadd and Todd", featuring the Seussian absurdist lengths one twin goes to as an attempt to avoid being confused with his brother, and the other's determination to keep up with the changes. "The Rabbit, The Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga" and "Gustav the Goldfish" are good. "The Strange Shirt Spot" is obviously an early draft of "The Cat in the Hat Comes Back". The remaining three stories (including the title story) are all rather mediocre. In an effort to cram several stories in one book, the format is different than a Seuss picture book...many more words per page and fewer illustrations. Some may like this, but I prefer Seuss's usual format and allowing the illustrations (which appear to be Seuss's own) to do a great deal of the storytelling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/7/2014

    " While the stories themselves were amazing Seussian fantasies, the part of this book I found most interesting was the introduction. The "stories about the stories" were engaging and gave some depth to the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leaflet | 1/5/2014

    " 'The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga' was my favorite story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena Jane | 12/25/2013

    " As always with Dr. Seuss, great rhyme, strong moral and wonderful approach to the subject. I'll treasure this along with all my other Seuss books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 12/20/2013

    " interesting collection of Seuss stories for long ago,never published in book form. Introduction was interesting - should read to class if doing any of these as a read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandybear76 | 12/8/2013

    " This book contained several stores by Dr. Seuss that had been lost and never published in book-form. The book was filled with several stories typical of Dr. Seuss with the rhymes, silly names, and wild creatures. I thought the stories needed more room on their own and add more pictures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kellie | 11/19/2013

    " Fun fast-paced stories that all use the rhyme schemes that we love Dr. Seuss for. The introduction is quite long, but very informative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 meg | 11/5/2013

    " long lost seuss stories! oh how i miss the good dr. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 7/8/2013

    " I've always liked Seuss, ever since I read Yertle the Turtle in 2nd Grade. I like nearly anything Seuss, so I was glad to see "new" stories, actually short stories published in magazines, by Seuss. The 10 short stories were great, and a perfect way to spend the evening. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 The Styling Librarian | 5/27/2013

    " Loved sharing these stories. Mostly shared the eBook version though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/23/2013

    " Seuss never strays from magnificence. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 2/18/2013

    " Several Dr. Seuss stories that were originally published in magazines like Redbook in the early 1950s are republished in this new book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B | 5/1/2012

    " Love! Love! Love! What a joy to discover just a little more Dr. Seuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Jones | 4/14/2012

    " An enjoyable little batch of "lost" Dr. Seuss stories, with some historical perspective at the end. Easily as fun as any other Dr. Seuss book you've read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess | 1/3/2012

    " I feared the Lost Stories would be not as good as the rest. The practice of a master who had not yet reached his peak. But I was wrong. These Lost Stories are as good as those published. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed | 10/18/2011

    " Not Seuss's best work but insightful in showing how these stories were expanded later into better known works. Best story is "The Bippolo Seed." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deb | 10/16/2011

    " What a treat! New Dr Seuss. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 10/4/2011

    " Love me my Dr. Seuss! Love me unburied treasures! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 9/30/2011

    " Reading new Seuss stories was such fun as was learning the history of these pieces that were once published in magazines. I think the last story would be fun to pair with Weird Al's picture book from last year.

    I want to use this when Read Across America comes around in 2012. "

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About the Author

Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, is one of the most beloved children’s book authors and illustrators of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. Hundreds of millions of copies of his books have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. 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 award.

About the Narrators

Neil Patrick Harris is an award-winning actor with roles in television, film, and on stage. His television roles have earned him Primetime Emmy Awards, Young Artist Awards, a People’s Choice Award, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His breakout television role was as the star of Doogie Howser, MD, and he has acted in dozens of television movies and series since then, most recently as Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother. He has had roles in three Broadway shows as well as in regional productions in Los Angeles, San Diego, and New York. His film credits include Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks and won an AudioFile Earphones Award.

Anjelica Huston, an Academy Award–winning actress and director, has received honors from the National Society of Film Critics, the Independent Spirit Awards, and a Golden Globe Award, as well as multiple Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Emmy awards and nominations. She most recently starred on the hit television show Smash.

William H. Macy is an actor, teacher, and director in theater, film, and television. Macy got involved in theater at Goddard College, where he met the playwright David Mamet. He is most famous for his roles in movies such as Fargo, Magnolia, Mystery Men, and Pleasantville, among many others. He is also an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy and SAG Award winner.