THE BOY ON FAIRFIELD STREET by Kathleen Krull
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THE BOY ON FAIRFIELD STREET

How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
Age Range: 7 - 11

KIRKUS REVIEW

“Once upon a time, there lived a boy who feasted on books and was wild about animals.” So begins this young biography of Dr. Seuss. Taunted at school because he was German, his escapes were drawing, the comics he loved, and the zoo, where his father was the parks superintendent in Springfield, Mass. His high-school art teacher warned him he’d never be successful at art; in Dartmouth he was voted “Class Artist and Class Wit,” and he left Oxford to draw and write verse. Truly only about his youth, the narrative ends at age 22, when Seuss goes to New York City to launch his career. Four following pages provide a synopsis of his life and a timeline up to his death in 1991. Bordered, full-page oil-on-gessoed-paper illustrations evoke pertinent scenes, while spot art of Seuss drawings dot the opposite pages. Some of these original images are absolutely haunting; the magic of his name will make this a huge hit, but it’s the lively writing that puts the hat on the cat. (bibliography, citations, Web sites) (Picture book/biography. 7-11)

Pub Date: Jan. 13th, 2004
ISBN: 0-375-82298-4
Page count: 48pp
Publisher: Random House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 2003




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