Today I have a post that is a bit unusual for you all ;-). I grew up reading Dr. Seuss of course, my favorite was Red Fish, Blue Fish as I recall, and so I was thrilled to hear that a new book by Dr. Seuss had been discovered, complete with full illustrations and everything! Therefore, today I’m reviewing another of Dr. Seuss’s wonderful books, The King’s Stilts. This is actually not one that I was familiar with from my childhood, so it was a lot of fun to discover the joy of Dr. Seuss all over again and find a surprisingly interesting fantasy world to boot!
The King's Stilts by Dr. Seuss
Published by Random House on Oct. 12th, 1939
Page Length: 56 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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Celebrate the 75th birthday of Dr. Seuss's classic treatise on the importance of a balanced life with our Anniversary Edition featuring cover art from the books original publication! A Seussian spin on a conventional fairy tale, The King's Stilts is as topical today as when it was first published in 1939. It's the story of a devoted king who works hard and plays hard—and whose entire kingdom is threatened when his beloved stilts are stolen and he is too distraught to do his job. Written in prose instead of rhyme (unlike Seuss's later works), The King's Stilts nevertheless addresses subjects that we know Dr. Seuss was passionate about throughout his life: duty (as in Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg); the abuse of power (as in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Yertle the Turtle); deceit (as in The Bippolo Seed and How the Grinch Stole Christmas)--and even cats (as in The Cat in the Hat and I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today)! A perfect way to introduce new readers to an old classic, or to reward existing fans with a collectible new edition. Follow the Good Doctor's advice: After a hard day of work, have fun with a great book likeThe King's Stilts!
- The King’s Stilts has more intricate illustrations than I’m used to with Dr. Seuss’s younger works and they are just lovely. There are illustrations on every page, sometimes taking up an entire page and they are full of little details from the text for you to discover ;-).
- As opposed to his younger reader books, The King’s Stilts has a full story instead of just rhymes with a bit of story included. This is a great book to transition children from picture books to chapter books since it has a fair amount of text but still lots of pictures!
- I was quite surprised to discover that The King’s Stilts has a great work/life balance moral. You all don’t get to hear me harp on work/life balance much here, but it is a favorite topic of mine in grad school/science blogging because academics are so so so bad at it. It is awesome to see a king who needs to have fun in order to do well at his job and even wakes up early to get work done as fast as he can.
- The world in The King’s Stilts is actually quite interesting for a children’s picture book ;-). The kingdom is in a very low area of land so that it is below sea-level and only a forest of a special kind of super thick tree keeps the sea from crashing down and flooding the kingdom! This is a problem when there is also a certain kind of bird that especially loves to eat the roots of this special tree D:.
- While the title focuses on the king, the hero of the day is actually his young page boy who goes through some tricky moral decisions, but of course everything turns out all right in the end ;-). It was good to see a hero that young kids can easily identify with in The King’s Stilts and great opportunities to discuss right and wrong with the wee ones.
- The King’s Stilts makes the artistic choice of being mostly black and white with only red things colored in because the stilts are red. This looks interesting certainly, but I would have preferred full color to bring these illustrations to life more.
The King’s Stilts is a really fun book for children who are getting better at reading and can handle a bit more complicated of stories. It’s also quite lovely to look through and brings up some great teaching moments. I wish I had discovered it when I was a kid, but at least I know now ;-).
Don’t miss out on all of the rest of Dr. Seuss’s books being celebrated today!
Dr. Seuss 44 Classic Book Celebratory Tour
- And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, 1937 – The Young Folks.com
- The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, 1938 – Bookish Antics
- The Seven Lady Godivas, 1939 – The Eater of Books
- The King’s Stilts, 1939 – On Starships and Dragonwings
- Horton Hatches the Egg, 1940 – The Book Cellar
- McElligot’s Pool, 1947 – Media Mikes
- Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, 1948 –Mommie of 2
- Bartholomew and the Oobleck, 1949 – Nonperfect Parenting
- If I Ran the Zoo, 1950 – Live to Read
- Scrambled Eggs Super! 1953 – Word Spelunking
- Horton Hears a Who! 1954 – Bookiemoji
- On Beyond Zebra! 1955 – Jessabella Reads
- If I Ran the Circus, 1956 – Book Hounds
- The Cat in the Hat, 1957 – The Bookbag
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 1957 – Nightly Reading
- The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, 1958 – Winter Haven Books
- Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories, 1958 – Alice Marvels
- Happy Birthday to You! 1959 – Chapter by Chapter
- Green Eggs and Ham, 1960 – Poland Bananas
- One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960 – Once Upon a Twilight
- The Sneetches and Other Stories, 1961 – The Mod Podge Bookshelf
- Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, 1962 – Good Books and Good Wine
- Dr. Seuss’s ABC, 1963 – The Irish Banana
- Hop on Pop, 1963 – Mundie Moms
- Fox in Socks, 1965 – Page Turners
- I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 – Book Rock Betty
- The Cat in the Hat Songbook, 1967 – Giveaway Train
- The Foot Book, 1968 – I Am A Reader
- I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! And Other Stories, 1969 – Cuddlebuggery
- I Can Draw It Myself, 1970 – The Children’s Book Review
- Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? 1970 – Curling Up with a Good Book
- The Lorax, 1971 – Elizziebooks
- Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! 1972 – Reading with ABC
- Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? 1973 – Me, Myshelf, and I
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, 1973 – Paperback Princess
- There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! 1974 – Presenting Lenore
- Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! 1975 – YA Books Central
- The Cat’s Quizzer, 1976 – Lille Punkin’
- I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 1978 – Confessions Of A Vi3tbabe
- Oh Say Can You Say? 1979 – Ex Libris
- Hunches in Bunches, 1982 – No BS Book Reviews
- The Butter Battle Book, 1984 – Novel Novice
- You’re Only Old Once! 1986 – Dad of Divas
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 1990 – Jesse the Reader
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