Gerald McBoing Boing by Dr. Seuss
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In 1950, Theodor Geisel—known to the world even then as Dr. Seuss—met up with a friend who worked for a new animation studio called United Productions of America. "UPA has a fresh outlook," the friend said. Could Seuss write something new and different for them? Something that had a little more going for it than the usual cats chasing mice? "Just suppose," Seuss came back, "there was a little kid who didn't speak words but only weird sounds?" And that's how Gerald McBoing Boing came into being. Brought to life by UPA as an animated cartoon, it attracted legions of fans, rave reviews, and went on to win an Academy Award® in 1951. Available in book form only briefly at the time of the movie's release, here it is again—unique, delectable, vintage Seuss.

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Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines. Dr. Seuss's first children's book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children's literature was changed forever! In 1957, Seuss's The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House's best-selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children's books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children's books in the world.
Published February 15, 2000 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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As in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, eccentricity pays off, big time: ""Now Gerald is rich,/ he has friends, he's well fed,/ 'Cause he doesn't speak words,/ he goes boing boing instead!"" If the conclusion is a tad materialistic, Gerald does appear happy on the soundstage, dressed as a cowb...

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Based on a 1950 Academy Award-winning motion picture by Dr. Seuss, the board book Gerald McBoing Boing Sound Book tells the story of a toddler with an unusual way of communicating: ""When he started talking,/ you know what he said?/ He didn't talk words-/ he went boing boing instead!"" A soun...

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Common Sense Media

The animation retains the '50s look, but the content puts a refreshingly modern twist on some of the old cartoon stand-by gags (for example, the bank robber isn't disguised as a little old lady -- she is a little old lady).

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The Trades

Put down your controller a while and dig into some of the beautiful work that fleshes out your favorite video game, Halo 4.

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