Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Dr. Seuss is the Technicolor version of Dr. Spock, a fun-house healer whose loopy, sherbet-colored illustrations and verbal frolics have delighted generations of kids. However uproarious his stories, the message is always humane, coming down on the side of imagination, tolerance, and the little guy.

In this 43rd Dr. Seuss book, a little guy — a kid, actually — is reminded that he has brains in his head and feet in his shoes and that the world is his oyster. It’s a kind of exhortatory poem about tackling life, comic reversals and all, with zest and a reasonable level of common sense.

Just when you are flying high, the exuberant rhyme warns, you’re apt to fall into a Slump or be left in a Lurch. ”Un-slumping yourself is not easily done,” Dr. Seuss commiserates.

But for ”people as brainy and footsy as you” (especially those equipped with this book), there always seems to be a way out and up.

Dr. Seuss’ pictures of shaggy green beasts and lunatic sporting events make the world seem rich in funny and exciting possibilities.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! may not be one of Dr. Seuss’ immortal works. But there’s something so touchingly optimistic about the final line — ”KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!” — that you will want to rush out and give this book to every shy, nervous, or uncertain child you know. B+

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
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