Yes, you heard that right! Foremost Seuss scholar (how’s that for a job title?) Charles D. Cohen has rescued seven stories that were previously published in magazines, and then discarded with that month’s issue. With some persistent sleuthing, Mr. Cohen dug up those stories and published them in a wonderful new volume, “The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories.”
We are certainly indebted to Mr. Cohen! Fans of Seuss will know to expect outlandish creatures, exuberant rhyme, funny adventures, and even a little food for thought. You’ll find all that and more in “Bippolo Seed.” The title story explores the nature of greed, “The Rabbit, the Bear, and the Zinniga-Zanniga” is a witty tale of brains versus brawn, and “Steak for Supper” is populated with Gritches and Grikkles and Nuppers galore. My personal favorite, “The Great Henry McBride,” encourages children to use their imaginations and not limit themselves to one answer to that ubiquitous question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s an inspiring message for adults and children alike.
This book is a fantastic find for Seuss fans of all ages, especially those of you who can’t stand the thought of yet another bedtime reading of “The Cat in the Hat!”
The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories; 15.00; Random House Books for Young Readers; Ages 4+