Hooper Humperdink...? Not Him!
Theo LeSeig/Dr. Suess ~ Charles E. Martin ~ Random House, 1976
Another case of Random House reillustrating a perfectly wonderful Beginner Book. Are they on crack or what? Is the world really so lacking in original material that they must spend all their time and effort reinventing the wheel? I'm not privy to the philosophies of that publishing house, and I'm sure money, rights and politics are involved, but still... I like this book just the way it was. Really, can you improve on the awesomeness of Charles E. Martin? I think not. (No offense to you Mr. Scott Nash... who is a quite lovely and capable artist himself, I'm sure.)
I can only imagine Dr. Seuss sitting down to write this book, perhaps based on a funny name he made up or heard and trying to think of all the rhyming names and laughing at the little boy Hooper who no one wants at a party. It probably tickled him to no end. Every child had someone like this in their class... and some of us were probably the kid who didn't get invited. In a wildly exaggerated tale as to who should be invited before HH, the drawings are a party unto themselves... leaving little to the imagination yet feeding it completely.
Oh, what a party!
Steve and Stoo!
I'll ask the Simpson sisters, too.
But I'm not asking YOU KNOW WHO!
Nobody wants to play with Hooper.
Humperdink's a party-pooper!
Of course, all ends well, because good little children always include everyone at their birthday parties, no? Nobody wants to be the kid who gets left out. Speaking of, recently I've heard some of my friends mention the birthday age rule... meaning if your child is turning six, then you should only invite six friends to the party. Somehow that doesn't work into the nobody getting left out equation, but I guess I'll worry about that later when the boy actually wants to start excluding. Yuck!
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