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Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories
by Dr. Seuss
Other books in this series include McElligot's Pool.
Other books by this author that I've reviewed include Sneetches and Other Stories, Horton Hatches the Egg & Horton Hears a Who!, Green Eggs and Ham, The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, The Lorax, Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, Daisy-Head Mayzie, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, The King's Stilts, Scrambled Eggs Super!, Bartholomew and the Oobleck, You're Only Old Once!, My Many Colored Days, McElligot's Pool, If I Ran the Circus, Sleep Book, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.
Four short stories that are a follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories with some good lessons for children (and parents!) to absorb as they laugh.
“Horton and the Kwuggerbug” (Horton, 2)
“Marco Comes Late” (Marco; Mulberry Street)
“How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town (Officer Pat; Mulberry Street)
“The Hoobub and the Grinch” (The Grinch, 2)
It’s Marco and Officer Pat who spent so much time on Mulberry Street. Enough to spawn movies, radio shows, and music scores.
“Horton and the Kwuggerbug” incorporates Seuss’ story-like rhyming, which makes this a fun read even if Horton is too naive but with great honor as he honors it when “a deal’s a deal”. The things that nasty, cheating kwuggerbug puts Horton through!?!
There are several great examples for parents to talk about with their kids: when a deal isn’t a deal if someone manipulates you into it; “friends” who push you into doing what is unsafe or wrong; and, how to ensure that deal is quite clear! The cheating little kwuggerbug!!!
The end of “Marco Comes Late” found me ROFLMAO. It’s a good excuse when the very imaginative Marco finds himself in a complex situation where he’s held up by everyone else’s opinions and needs to explain himself to Miss Block.
“How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town” follows a sequence of events Officer Pat dreams up. Once those events get rolling, well, lordy, lordy, the town will be a mess with too many of the citizens of Mulberry Street in the hospital! So it’s the imaginative Officer Pat to the rescue, lol.
“The Hoobub and the Grinch” is a two-page short story of a Grinch with a sales pitch that will remind parents too well of pushy car salesmen!
The Cover and Title
The cover has a bright blue sky with Horton the Elephant snuggled into the deep grasses and bushes of the jungle, as he listens to a tiny yellow Kwuggerbug tell his tale.
The title begins with the first story and hints at the rest: Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories.