Review: Day 2: How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

I can quote this off by heart anytime of the year. I think there is an expiry date on Dr Seuss; if you are not exposed to the wonders of Green Eggs and Ham as a child then by adulthood you will always been underwhelmed by anything he has to offer you. However you cannot find this is to be the case when it comes to How The Grinch Stole Christmas.

This is my favourite poem of all time. Sure it should be Keats, Shelley or someone else profound, at the very least Shakespeare but as much I like all the above none of them have the magic of Dr Seuss.

With the exception of Shakespeare, there is no other poet whose work I can quote reams of on demand. There is something so special, so magical in his tight, concise rhyming that is perfectly juxtaposed with the fantastical words and images he creates to take us on an adventure.

Then of course he still manages to work in a left-wing anti-commercialism message but declaring ‘Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store, perhaps Christmas means a little bit more’ but without getting sappy. And there is absolutely no mention of Jesus.

He also reportedly hated children in real life. Which just makes it even more beautiful in a comic irony sort of way.

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