Monday, April 21, 2008

Book Review: The Sneetches by Dr Suess

The Sneetches is not one of Dr Suess's most well-known books, but deserves to be recognised as one of his best such is the quality of the message, the illustrations and the rhyming text.

There are two kinds of Sneetches - the "Star belly Sneetches" and the Sneetches without "stars upon thars". Sneetch society operates such that those with stars on their bellies are the elite who attend frankfurter roast parties on the beach whilst those without stars are the outcasts - a sort of apartheid system, racism based upon the smallest of differences. This system prevails until a travelling salesman, Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives on the beach with his star-on machine and convinces the starless Sneetches that for $5 they will get a star and become part of the elite. Later the same salesman convinces the original star-belly Sneetches that stars are out of fashion and for $10 they can take a turn in his star-off machine. So long as the Sneetches have money chaotic scenes of these wierd creatures going in and out of Sylvester McMonkey McBean's machines ensues. It's hilarious.

In such a way warnings about elitism/racism and marketing are delivered and it makes a wonderful story that adults can really enjoy when reading to their children - and this will be a book that the children will enjoy again and again; this 35 year-old child still enjoys it today!


The Sneetches is a wonderful story with amusing rhymes and very funny pictures and will be enjoyed by any reader, particularly those with children. In addition this book contains 3 other amusing stories: "The Zax", "Too Many Daves" and "What was I Scared of?".

Score: 10/10

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