Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! by Dr Seuss

Another Wednesday, another notch in the Christmas book countdown. The title may provoke you to roll your eyes and remind you of the Jim Carrey film (which I personally don’t mind), but how many of you have read the original Dr Seuss book?

Published in 1957, in makes us think about the money-making, gift-centric nature of Christmas. The whole book is filled with the characterisations beloved of Dr Seuss, and his much loved evocative prowess with words and rhyming. The Green skinned Grinch is a grumpy fellow living in Mount Crumpit, north of the Whos in Whovillle. The Whos love Christmas and one year, annoyed by their merrymaking and noise that ensues, he decides to pretend to be Santa and steal all of the Whos presents, hoping that this will ruin their Christmas. The story thus unfolds and though short, it is a sweet reminder of what Christmas should really be about.

Given the story I find it strange that I’m recommending this book as a present for both children and adults alike, but wether you have more of the Grinch in you or more of the Whos, it is a charming story that knows what it’s trying to get across. As with all of the best children’s books, the writer brings imagination alive for children whilst reminding adults of the innocence inside them that may be long hidden. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a lovely example of this, and is a story I hope you will revisit this holiday.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before.
Maybe Christmas, he thought… doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas, perhaps… means a little bit more!

(photo credit: The Huffingdon Post)

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