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Return to Book Page. Preview — Daisy-Head Mayzie by Dr. When Maizie sprouts a daisy on her head, she soon finds stardom. But will fane and fortune prove a substitute for friends and family? By combining the funniest stories, craziest creatures and zaniest pictures with his unique bland of rhyme, rhythm and repetition, Dr. Seuss helps children of all ages and abilities learn to read.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Daisy-Head Mayzie. Oct 14, Patrick rated it did not like it. Years before I had kids, I taught a class on children's literature. In preparation for that class, I went out and bought copies of every Dr. Seuss book ever written. Since then a decade has passed. I've had kids and read many Seuss books to both of them, many many times. So I pulled it down and started reading it to my youngest boy, Cutie. Not his real name.
He's a little under 2. The first thing that struck me as odd was the art. It looked similar to Seuss, but it was The lines were straight and precise. I shrugged it off, thinking to myself that maybe it was one of his later books, and his style was more polished then. Or maybe he was trying something new But as I kept reading, the words weren't right either.
Rhyme and meter as flawless as Seuss's are delightfully easy to read, but they are a nightmare to write. I know. And while some pages were fine solid others were just They had bad lines in the middle of good lines. The number of syllables would change randomly from stanza to stanza.
Or things would stop rhyming entirely. About five or six pages in, I actually closed the book to look at the cover to see if it really said, "By Dr. Seuss" or if I'd been tricked by one of those goddamn abhorrences in book form that pretends to a book by a certain author, but really it's "based on" the the author's work.
Or "inspired by" the work. That is bullshit behavior. But no. It said "By Dr. Seuss" right on the cover. So I kept reading it. Cutie liked it well enough, but then again, it's not that hard to impress a 20 month old. It got worse and worse as I continued. And after I finished it, I did a little research and found out that this book was published several years after his death.
It was discovered as a draft in It was doubtless finished by someone else, and the art was done by someone else "based on some of the sketches discovered with his draft. Seuss" in the very roughest sense. Here are my problems with the book: 1. The language is bad. The rhyme, meter, and word choice are neither consistent nor good. I could probably go through this book and highlight the parts that Seuss actually wrote. If this weren't posing as a Seuss book, this would be less of an issue.
But Seuss was a master of the language. To present this is as Seuss though It's like going into a restaurant and ordering a bowl of soup and getting a bowel of soap instead.
Close, but no. It's not really close at all, is it? The art isn't the same. It's similar in style, but really not the same in terms of feel. So is this book painful? Is it like eating broken glass or having a nail driven into your eye? Not really. And honestly, if it was just a random kid's book, it would rank a solid 'Meh' from me.
Maybe a Meh-minus. But this isn't being pitched as a random kid's book. It's supposed to be Dr. And this isn't. And reading it is like picking up your glass expecting a mouthful of orange juice and instead getting milk. Or a bowel of soap. So yeah. Don't squander your money on nostalgia like this. You're much better off re-reading a different Seuss. Or, if you're looking for something new, then try out a new kid's book by a struggling new author.
That way, at least, you have the chance of finding a new favorite. Here all you're going to find is the sad, dim room, empty except for a worn chair where a great man used to sit.
View all 15 comments. Jan 29, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , childrens-young-readers , 20th-century , picture-books , humor , poetry. Daisy-Head Mayzie, Dr.
Dr. Seuss' Daisy-Head Mayzie (1995)
Daisy-Head Mayzie is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated in his style. It was published in , as Seuss's first posthumous book. It was republished on July 5, with Seuss's original text and drawings. The book is about a year-old warmhearted schoolgirl named Mayzie who one day suddenly sprouts a bright white daisy from her head. It causes alarm in her classroom, family, and town, until an agent makes her a celebrity.
Look Inside. Jul 05, ISBN years. Daisy goes back to her roots! Think you know Daisy-Head Mayzie?