Imagine That!
A lively new picture-book biography of the most beloved children's book author of all time: Dr. Seuss! Have you ever wondered how the great Dr. Seuss wrote his most famous book? Did you know that for The Cat in the Hat, he wasn't allowed to make up the fun words he was known for--like OOBLECK and IT-KUTCH and HIPPO-NO-HUNGUS? He was only allowed to use words from a very strict list!This bouncy account of the early career of Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Ted Geisel) proves that sometimes limitations can be the best inspiration of all.Kid-friendly prose (with Seussian rhyme for Ted's dialogue) and whimsical illustrations by award winner Kevin Hawkes recall the work of Dr. Seuss himself. Writing tips from Dr. Seuss and exclusive letters from the author and illustrator, detailing how they created this book, are included!

Imagine That! Details

TitleImagine That!
Author
ReleaseSep 12th, 2017
PublisherRandom House Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780375974298
Rating
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Biography, Nonfiction, Language, Writing, Humor, Art

Imagine That! Review

  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    One of the most interesting and exciting picture book biographies I have ever seen. The illustrations are phenomenal. The illustrator Kevin Hawkes at his very best. A must have for a children's library. I absolutely love it!
  • Malissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love a book who's description starts with 'Have you ever wondered...', there is just something about those four words that will hook me, and honestly my children, every time. Now 'IMAGINE THAT' it said "Have you ever wondered how the great Dr. Seuss....stop right there! Do you honestly need any more? Have I ever wondered ANYTHING about Dr. Seuss, more like have I ever wondered EVERYTHING about Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss is I believe for most of us likely to have been the very first author we ever re I love a book who's description starts with 'Have you ever wondered...', there is just something about those four words that will hook me, and honestly my children, every time. Now 'IMAGINE THAT' it said "Have you ever wondered how the great Dr. Seuss....stop right there! Do you honestly need any more? Have I ever wondered ANYTHING about Dr. Seuss, more like have I ever wondered EVERYTHING about Dr. Seuss! Dr. Seuss is I believe for most of us likely to have been the very first author we ever read all by ourselves, his books told us, showed up that we can do it, WE CAN READ with out help. He is likely the start of many of our book obsessions and honesty you never grow out of loving a Dr. Seuss book, his books call to me even to this day, if I see one I can't walk by with out picking it up and flipping through the pages. A Dr. Seuss book can brighten us on our dark days, will make us laugh and smile even if you have read the book a hundred times...I could go on and on, but this isn't a review of Dr. Seuss himself but of a little biography about a point in Dr. Seuss life and how this one little book of his that was a great big challenge ultimately has changed all of our lives forever. Imagine That is a wonderful children's biography revolving around the development of Dr. Seuss's iconic The Cat in the Hat. Did you ever wonder how or why The Cat in the Hat came to be, did you know that The Cat in the Hat changed everything about the way children learn to read. Did you know that Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat have a favorite accessory in common? Did you know that Dr Seuss, of all people, had to follow special word rules when writing The Cat in the Hat? I loved this book for all the little tidbits and history that it gave me in a a mere 40 pages, and not only that but the wonderfully inviting art on the pages. I loved that this little biography about Dr. Seuss and The Cat in the Hat is more that just facts, there is an underlying story of never giving up. A tale for children to read and be reminded that things are not always going to be easy but if they put their mind and heart into it they can accomplish great things. It is a book that would be the perfect fit for any budding writer, little or big. It is a fantastic book to have in your classrooms, I'd say from Pre-K to 3rd grade and on library shelves for any age. It is the perfect book to read during Read Across America. What better book to add to your Dr. Seuss collection than a wonderfully written and illustrated story about how Dr. Seuss wrote and changed our reading lives with The Cat and the Hat!~ HAPPY READING ~ http://www.readsallthebooks.com/2017/...
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Following in the rhyming tradition of Dr. Seuss, the author describes how the children's author and illustrator accepted the challenge to come up with a first-grade reader that would enable youngsters to learn how to read while not boring them to tears. It was a lot harder than he thought since he had to follow certain constraints and wasn't allowed to make up words, something he had always enjoyed doing. Plus, he he had to adhere to a list of words. He finally finds inspiration by using words t Following in the rhyming tradition of Dr. Seuss, the author describes how the children's author and illustrator accepted the challenge to come up with a first-grade reader that would enable youngsters to learn how to read while not boring them to tears. It was a lot harder than he thought since he had to follow certain constraints and wasn't allowed to make up words, something he had always enjoyed doing. Plus, he he had to adhere to a list of words. He finally finds inspiration by using words that rhyme with cat, and he is off and running with the book that would become ubiquitous in households with children--The Cat in the Hat. It contained only 236 different words. Fans of Seuss will be charmed by how the story is told and then smile as the book concludes with his next challenge, writing a book using only fifty different words. Yes, he pulled that one off too with Green Eggs and Ham. There is absolutely no mention of other, darker periods in Suess's career, something that some readers may be interested in exploring, only focusing on this particular slice of his life. Judy Sierra captures the essence of this creative spirit in her text, while Kevin Hawkes adds humor to the story with his pitch-perfect illustrations. It's easy to imagine just how hard it was to try to write as Seuss did. Amazingly, those books have stood the test of time.
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    "Imagine That!" is the story of Dr. Seuss and how he came up with all of his wonderful stories. It's filled with great illustrations from an illustrator I adore: Kevin Hawkes. It's about how he first got jobs as a writer for a new style of early reader books after an interesting career as a cartoonist for adults. It talks about how he turned the children lit world on its head with his zany stories.Dr. Seuss is a hot author in our household as I have two year old twins. I've been reading the girl "Imagine That!" is the story of Dr. Seuss and how he came up with all of his wonderful stories. It's filled with great illustrations from an illustrator I adore: Kevin Hawkes. It's about how he first got jobs as a writer for a new style of early reader books after an interesting career as a cartoonist for adults. It talks about how he turned the children lit world on its head with his zany stories.Dr. Seuss is a hot author in our household as I have two year old twins. I've been reading the girls Dr. Seuss books since they were in utero and now that they are two, they appreciate the books even more. While this book is probably a little advanced for two year olds, my girls loved all of the silly words that appear in this book just like they like the silly rhymes in the Dr. Seuss books. I know my girls definitely learned something about one of their favorite authors in this book and so did I!My girls (and I) also adored the pictures in this book. Hawkes is a great illustrator and did a great job of bringing Dr. Seuss to life. My girls loved seeing some of their old familiar friends from Dr. Seuss like the Cat in the Hat and we loved seeing new ones as well. This was a fun read for the whole family!
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  • Tasha
    January 1, 1970
    In 1954, children were having problems learning to move from knowing how to read a few words to being able to read a book. When Life Magazine covered the issue, they suggested that a new book be made by Dr. Seuss. Unable to use his signature made-up language and words, Dr. Seuss had to follow a strict vocabulary list instead. Luckily on that list were the words “cat” and “hat” and the author was inspired. He used easy rhymes and silly illustrations combined with dynamic storylines to get childre In 1954, children were having problems learning to move from knowing how to read a few words to being able to read a book. When Life Magazine covered the issue, they suggested that a new book be made by Dr. Seuss. Unable to use his signature made-up language and words, Dr. Seuss had to follow a strict vocabulary list instead. Luckily on that list were the words “cat” and “hat” and the author was inspired. He used easy rhymes and silly illustrations combined with dynamic storylines to get children to turn the pages. Soon Dr. Seuss was creating more beginning readers and publishing others by different authors. It was the birth of the popular early-readers for children and Cat in the Hat remains one of the best! This picture book is a fascinating look at the author’s process and the way that the challenge inspired him creatively. The illustrations combine classic Dr. Seuss elements with Hawkes’ own style. Young writers will be inspired by this look at Dr. Seuss. Appropriate for ages 6-9.
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  • Read Ribbet
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorites Judy Sierra takes on the biography of Ted Giesel (Dr. Seuss). She makes a msart decision to just focus on how he wrote The Cat in the Hat. Readers will know the backdrop of the writing context including the task to write a beginning reader suing a limited number of words from a list. It's another good book to show young writers the writing process. Children that know Seuss will find this biography an interesting peak behind the scenes. A bibliography of all Seuss books is inc One of my favorites Judy Sierra takes on the biography of Ted Giesel (Dr. Seuss). She makes a msart decision to just focus on how he wrote The Cat in the Hat. Readers will know the backdrop of the writing context including the task to write a beginning reader suing a limited number of words from a list. It's another good book to show young writers the writing process. Children that know Seuss will find this biography an interesting peak behind the scenes. A bibliography of all Seuss books is included and testimonials by the author and illustrator about where they drew inspiration. Great nonfiction, picture book biography to add to a classroom collection.
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was an interesting concept for a children's biography, to tell the story of how Dr. Seuss came to write the Cat in the Hat. I almost feel like kids would be more interested in Dr. Seuss' childhood, or where his zany ideas came from, rather than him being tasked with writing an easy reader from a list of proscribed words. I quite liked the illustrations, they mimicked Seuss' style while still having their own touches.
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  • DaNae
    January 1, 1970
    I've been telling this story to my students for years. Sierra has captured the narrative in an active manner that delivers it to the reader with clarity and oomph. Hawkes's illustrations lift it right off the page, with the utmost honor to the subject matter.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    Liked the peek into this prolific writer’s life and would enjoy sharing the story as well as the writing tips with classroom writers.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    A great little biography specifically about Seuss writing The Cat in the Hat and other early readers, not about his whole life. An easy addition to a library.
  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Simple, personable biography of Dr. Seuss that totally captures his spirit. Fun way for kids to learn how he came to write the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham.From advanced reader copy.
  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    It was okay. I know it is like comparing apples to oranges but I liked Who Was Dr. Seuss better as it had more to it and made me say, "Wow, I didn't know that" alot.
  • Lisa Delacruz
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Great biography of dr Seuss ! Love this author
  • Earl
    January 1, 1970
    A fun look into the making of one the most popular books of all time- The Cat in the Hat! Judy Sierra imagines what must have went on inside the mind of Dr. Seuss who was challenged to come up with a story that kids will enjoy but only using 150 words. Dynamic illustrations by Kevin Hawkes accompany the lively text including back matter notes from both the author and the illustrator.
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    A fun juvenile biography about how The Cat in the Hat book came to be! With this illustrated look into the author's writing process, kids can learn about their favorite author and his early learning series. I definitely recommend checking it out. To be published 9/2017.
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