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Book Review: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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Dohn121 is a freelance writer who currently resides at the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York's famed Hudson Valley.


My niece Erica, age 6, with cake on her face no less...

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Saving My Niece From Dr. Seuss Deprivation

Just recently, I bought my seven-year-old niece Erica three Dr. Seuss books for her birthday—Yertle the Turtle, The Sneetches and Other Stories, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas—after having learned that her parents didn’t take the liberty (and don't mean the Jeep Liberty, mind you) to buy them for her. To me, a child without any books (namely Dr. Seuss books) is like a refrigerator without any milk. It’s just not right and yes, it’s THAT important. I can’t imagine my childhood without Dr. Seuss and for any child to be deprived of his work is a crime that should be punishable by death. Okay, so maybe that’s a bit extreme…Caning is more like it.

Having written a hub on Seuss’ The Sneetches, I’ve decided to write a one on How the Grinch Stole Christmas as it was fitting to, aside from the fact that it really is one of my favorite Seuss books. One of HubPages’ best writers, relache, also wrote a fantastic hub on How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I suggest you have a look as I'm sure you'll enjoy it.


The Story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Atop Mount Crumpit just north of north of Whoville, there lives a green cat-like cave-dweller simply known as, “The Grinch” whose only companion is a tiny dog named Max. From there, the Grinch could hear the noisy (which some would argue was pleasant, bah!) Christmas festivities and merriment created by the Whos of Whoville, who enjoyed more than anything else, the Christmas season. But the Grinch did not like this one bit as he was envious of their merry-making, gift-giving, and carol-singing and due to fact that his heart was after all two-sizes too small, he was determined to ruin the Whos of Whoville’s Christmas once and for all (for the record, I made that up).


So with a sled and along with his dog Max (who he poorly dresses up as a reindeer) the Grinch races down the steep, 3,000-foot slope of Mount Crumpit with Whoville in his cross-hairs. While there, he burglarizes each and every Who’s home of presents, decorations, and trimmings; he takes with him every single morsel—with the exception of a speck that was even too small for a mouse—with the bad intention of “preventing Christmas from coming” to Whoville. However, despite all his efforts to undermine the Whos’s joyous hullabaloo; Christmas comes any-who, as the Whos of Whoville join hands and sing to welcome-in Christmas that year. The Grinch then reaches an epiphany: That Christmas is not about presents, or decorations, or trimmings, rather; it’s about being together in spite of any and all short-comings and in that instant, his heart grows to be three-sizes larger or has a “change of heart” and so returns all the presents, decorations, and trimming back to the Whos who welcome him into their community of Whoville with open arms.


The Moral of the Story

Now let’s ask ourselves: What is Christmas? Is it about getting into heaps of debt that we’ll never be able to crawl out from under? Is it about have mounds of food that will mostly be thrown away due to over-planning? Is it about fighting long lines and red tape and camping out in front of Best Buy on the eve of Black Friday just to get the lowest possible price for latest flat-panel LCD TV? Woe is you if you spend BEYOND your means on the people that you love; if those people really do love you, they wouldn’t want to see you go into debt or have to operate in the “Red” just so they can enjoy their new toy or apparel you’ve given them. Several people I know have fallen victim to such poor decision making—and we would be all the wiser to learn from them, as their intentions were good, they should not have spent beyond their means for any of us.

In my opinion, Seuss’ message to all of us is that Christmas isn’t about any of these things. Instead, Christmas is about spending time with those that you truly love and care for. The Whos of Whoville are certainly testament to this theory. Although the Grinch did take from them all their material possessions, such as their Christmas trees, food, and presents; the Whos of Whoville continued to celebrate Christmas in spite of the void created by the Grinch and so enjoyed themselves merrily through song. And as witness to this miracle, the Grinch himself changed his view of Christmas (One could say that he had indeed a “change of heart” as it tripled in size). More than fifty years since it was first published, it continues to sell widely throughout the world, especially during the Christmas season. It is for this reason that I believe “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a timeless classic and will be for generations to come. By far, it’s not only one Dr. Seuss' best books--it's one of the best books ever written in the spirit of Christmas.


Max, the Grinch's faithful dog and companion


The Grinch dresses up Max in festive apparel


The Grinch took everything...He even took the roast beast


The Grinch reassuring little Cindy Lou Who of his good intentions


The Grinch in action


The Whos celebrating Christmas


A happy ending

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dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on March 24, 2010:

Thank you, Springboard. Yes, it really doesn't get any more timeless than Dr. Seuss when it comes to books. So far, I've got a nice size collection of his books for when I do have kids :D So dust off that book and enjoy! I'm sure it'll bring back some fond memories. Thank you for the great feedback.

Springboard from Wisconsin on March 24, 2010:

Love Dr. Seuss. Love this book. Love the review. I haven't read this in ages and I think it would be fun to go back and have a read. Maybe I'll have to go and find that box I know I've got somewhere that has a few Seuss classics tucked away. I'm certain this one is in there.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on February 08, 2010:

Great to see you back, G Miah! Yes, definitely. If and when one of our loved ones passes away, we never say things like,"Gee, I'm really glad (my mom, dad, etc) got me this toy!" No, it doesn't work that way. Life is about doing the things we will otherwise regret later on if we don't do them.

I think you told me once that you have a daughter? Well, if you have any children, I highly recommend that you buy this book for them! You won't regret it, buddy. Thank you as always :)

Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on February 08, 2010:

Hey Dohn i'm back!

I never really watched or read about the Grinch and after reading your review it certainly is very interesting. The moral of the story is that Christmas is about family and friends showing their love for one another. Christmas is certainly not about material things, but it's not just Christmas people should show their love to family and friends, it's always and not by giving or taking, but by seeing each other more often and catching up with each other aswell.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on January 30, 2010:

Thank you so much for that, daisyjae. I bought this book for my niece for her birthday which is only a few weeks before Christmas. I just hope that she takes good care of it!

daisyjae from Canada on January 30, 2010:

This is a great review! I love the pictures, I'll have to show them to my kids tommorrow. This is one of their favorite books.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on January 09, 2010:

Thanks, sunflowerbucky! I really do enjoy doing book reviews. It makes it all the better when hearing such great feedback. I hope that you do write some book reviews yourself. Make sure you use the RSS feeds as they do increase internal traffic to your hubs!

sunflowerbucky from Small Town, USA on January 09, 2010:

Been toying with the idea of writing a book review so I thought I would look at some examples. I thought you did a great job with this!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 24, 2009:

Thank you, Peggy! No children's library is complete without Dr. Seuss books. It's like a kitchen without salt and pepper in my opinion! Thanks for the compliment!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 24, 2009:

It is wonderful that you have young ones in which to be sharing good books like this. The lessons are good ones and long lasting. Your niece is so cute and lucky to have an uncle like you.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 24, 2009:

Thanks Beth :D

Beth100 from Canada on December 24, 2009:

Wishing you a Christmas spent in the company of family and friends. May the New Year bring peace, love and health. Merry hugs Dohn! :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 24, 2009:

Thanks Beth! Yes, as I've said before, what's Christmas without the Grinch? Reading the Grinch out loud on Christmas day is a tradition. Thanks for the compliment! I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Beth100 from Canada on December 24, 2009:

Perfect timing! We have almost the complete collection of Dr. Suess, and the pages are wearing out from all the reading by my kids with Green Eggs and Ham leading the race and Fox in Socks following close in behind. What's Christmas without the Grinch? It just wouldn't be the same! You always have such great enthusiasm Dohn -- it picks up my day!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 22, 2009:

Thanks invictus ;) I thought the title looked funny :D

I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s on December 22, 2009:

Hey dohn, bit of a brain fart is "Hop and Pop"!! It's a fun read.. enjoy! :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 21, 2009:

Thank you, I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s (man that takes a while to type!) What's Christmas without the Grinch? I've not heard of that book your son has but I'll be sure to look into it, as I still have some Christmas shopping to do ;)

Thanks you for reading this, and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s on December 21, 2009:

Love this hub!! It rocks, just as Dr. Suess! :) The Grinch is a wonderful story and so fun... My son is seven and the first book he could read verbatim was "Hio and Hop" By Suess! Magical talent he had.. Rhyming words stimulate recognition and memory.. Thanks...

Merry Christmas to you, Dohn!! :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 21, 2009:

Thanks, andromida! It's great to hear that you enjoyed it. I'll be sure to tell Erica :D Thank you for that and I hope that you enjoy your Christmas as well my friend. It's always great to hear from you.

syras mamun on December 21, 2009:

I have watched the movie Grinch starred by Jim Carrey,without having the idea of Dr. Seuss.I like the way you presented the moral of the story-"Christmas is about spending time with those that you truly love and care for". Plz say my hello to Erica and Merry Christmas in advance, Dohn.Thank you.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 19, 2009:

Thank you, sweetie1! Dr. Seuss is among the best authors the world has ever known. All his books are a must have for young children (just not all over the world apparently). I hope that you'll someday get a hold of some of his work. You won't be disappointed!

sweetie1 from India on December 19, 2009:

Hi dohn,

I never had fortune to read Dr Seuss ever as i dont think his work are available in India and certainly not when i was growing up but seeing your hub i would love to read his work,

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 18, 2009:

Hi, BP. It's always good to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by to say hello. I hope that everything's well. Here's a heartfelt hug and kiss

blondepoet from australia on December 18, 2009:

hey there Dohnny, boy oh boy Dr Seuss is just the greatest, I am a huge fan. If I dont catch u by next week I hope you have a fantastic Xmas, I send my love and kisses.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 18, 2009:

My sentiments exactly ;) Somedays, I feel like the Grinch and other days, like Saint Nick! Hopefully, when Christmas arrives, I'll be more like Saint Nick! Thanks again, Enelle. I hope you have a Merry Christmas :D

Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on December 18, 2009:

No collection is complete without "The Grinch..." This is a Christmas classic in our house, where we break out the popcorn and snuggle on the couch to watch the Grinch trying to stop Christmas :D Is the best!

Great hub dohn - love reading your stuff.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 18, 2009:

Thanks, Arthur? I wonder why you were worried about whether or not you were going to get a present? Thanks for the compliment and I'm sure that Erica thanks you too!

Arthur Gulumian from Pasadena, CA on December 18, 2009:

Going back to old school Dohn? Haha I still remember reading that when I was a kid; I was scared as hell I wouldn't get a present lmao. Your niece is the cutest girl ever btw. Great hub.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 16, 2009:

Thanks for that, BC! Hearing from you is always appreciated, no matter where you are! That means alot, my friend. Thank you.

TattoGuy on December 16, 2009:

Dohn as you know I am banned from posting on the Forum but just read you hit 700 fans, well done mate you truly are in my eyes what Hubpages is all about !!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 15, 2009:

Thank you, beth1966! Yes, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Grinch! Every year, I'll watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas and never tire of seeing him slithering around all of the presents and then straight up the Christmas tree, lol. Thank you for reading this!

beth1966 from Michigan on December 15, 2009:

Awesome hub, The Grinch has always been one of my favorites around Christmas time. It really takes me back to when my sister an I were little and I read it to her for the first time. Thank you so much for sharing.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 15, 2009:

You're too much, TG! Yeah, I've seen that too many times and it just breaks my heart whenever I hear of someone getting into the Red when spending way beyond their means on presents they really can't afford. That really means a lot to me. Thank you for that buddy! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas (in advance).

TattoGuy on December 15, 2009:

Loved the last bit about not getting debt and well just enjoying Christmas. Gotta say I loved that hub, you are a genius at writing and for me you are the Santa Claus of Hubpages because you give so much, thanks for another gift my good friend !

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 14, 2009:

Thanks, AIDY. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I hope that this book flies off the book shelves :D What's Christmas without the Grinch anyhow?

Am I dead, yet? on December 14, 2009:

Classic, Dohn! The Grinch is a much have--must read to anyone and everyone--all ages! Beautiful hub! Tis the season!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 13, 2009:

I couldn't agree with you more, Phillipo. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. I hope you enjoy your holiday as well.

Philipo from Nigeria on December 13, 2009:

Nice stories. I love children stories. I love christmas and the fun that accompany's it. It is a time of reflection. A time to sit down and take stock.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 13, 2009:

Thanks, SweetiePie. Yes, I've been meaning to write this review for some time. Nothing beats Dr. Seuss! Great avatar by the way!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on December 13, 2009:

What a perfect classic to review, and just in time for Christmas as well! I always enjoy reading Dr. Seus, and my nephew loved these when he was younger.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 13, 2009:

@bat115-Thank you for the compliment!

@Tumbletree-I absolutely agree. His books continue to sell as if they're new.

Tumbletree on December 12, 2009:

No writes children stories like Theodor Geisel. Thanks.

Tim from Los Angeles, CA on December 12, 2009:

well done hub here!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 11, 2009:

Thank you for the compliment, Tina. What a coincidence that you too have a niece that's seven! I hope that she likes it. Make sure you play the Grinch song for her when you do. I hope you enjoy your weekend as well :D

TINA V on December 11, 2009:

The collection of Dr. Seuss books is really good. There is a moral value in the stories. My niece also loves it. She's 7 years old. I can share this hub to her. You really have great hubs.

Have a great weekend!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 10, 2009:

Isn't she a cutie pie? Yeah, she's my only niece and so is spoiled like crazy. There seems to be a shortage of girls in our family for some reason, but I think that may change soon :D I like all of the books that you made mention of, cosette. Great choices! Thanks again!

cosette on December 10, 2009:

wow, what a great (and comprehensive) hub! I adored Dr. Seuss books and bought most of them for my son to enjoy. his favorites were the Sneetches and Bartholomew Cubbins. mine were The Sneetches, Yertle the Turtle, Horton Hears a Who, and The Grinch. this hub made me smile. thank you. and your niece is precious!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 10, 2009:

Thanks, again. It may be time for me to buy another copy for my own collection as mine is beginning to fall apart (it's over 20 years old, lol). I'm glad you enjoyed reading this!

askjanbrass from St. Louis, MO on December 10, 2009:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a classic, my kids demand a reading every Christmas!

Great hub, thanks for sharing.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 10, 2009:

@jumpman-Thanks! I'm glad you think so.

@kirstenblog-Yes, I'm very familiar with that story as well. It's actually one of the most successful Seuss books during high school and college graduation in the States (May-June) if not the most sold Seuss book. I'm actually thinking about doing a book review for that one too. You're teacher was certainly a believer in you and so cared for you very much. I had several teachers just like that and so was very fortunate. I still have a few more Seuss books to buy for Christmas as I have (so far) three nephews in addition to her :D Thank you very much for reading this one, kirsten. Seuss is not only a must read, his books are a must have!

kirstenblog from London UK on December 10, 2009:

This is one of many amazing books by Dr Suess! I agree that it is a corner stone of childhood. I started my love affair with reading with some of these spectacular books. You do your niece a great service by introducing her to this and other suess books. One of my favorites is 'oh the places you'll go' and was a gift to me from a teacher who wanted me to know how much she cared for me when I was going to be moving away and I have never forgot it. It was a real special thing for me as it was not just a nice parting gift but a sincere compliment to me as a kid with low self esteem. I would strongly recommend it if you have not read it yet :). From one Dr. Suess fan to another, brilliant hub here!

jumpman on December 10, 2009:

Nice story!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 09, 2009:

Thank you so much for that, Laura! I had a lot of fun writing this one. I can't help but to smile whenever I see, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" on TV every year, especially when he slithering around the presents and the straight up a Christmas tree :) I guess it's just that he's so evil, it's funny and that Chuck Jones did a masterful job of directing it.

I agree, I hope that many children receive a copy. Thanks again!

Laura du Toit from South Africa on December 09, 2009:

One of the best review hubs I've read - about one of the best authors of children's books ever!

Well done - not only was your review good but the visuals are excellent as well!

Let's hope lots of young children get "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" in their stockings this year!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 09, 2009:

Yes, there really is a Buddhist message behind this work! I was thinking about writing a article hub about exactly that, but I then became cynical about its length (I try not to be shy-sty with my hubs). It's amazing how when you lose everything, you find that you didn't need MOST of the things you lost in the first place and that all of the important things come to light. I see that you clearly got the message here. Dr. Seuss was a genius, hands down. He's taught me more about life than some of the brainy literature I've read while in college (and in much less time might I add!).

I don't think that a packet of cashew nuts is asking for too much. I'd send you some if I could :D I had no idea that they'd be expensive in Italy--I take it that they have to be imported? Yes, the Grinch might take them from you, but then he'll have a change of heart and give them right back :D Thanks, apricot!

Bengali Bratisha from Italy on December 09, 2009:

I didn't know the first thing about this book but you've got me really interested!! But now I look at the illustrations I'm sure I must have seen the Grinch before. I liked the way you interpreted the message - it sounds quite deep - I particarly liked the non-attachment message which is always nice to find in the West. Funny, I noticed it in the Pixar film 'Up' as well - perhaps it was just me but I felt there was a definite Buddhist theme in it - non attachment, reincarnation, living for the moment. It's nice when you can read so much more into a simple children's book or film! For me, that's what makes it! Nice lessons in life too - only wish I could follow them though! My christmas list this year comprises one thing and that's a packet of cashew nuts (they cost a bomb here) - if any Grinch tries to nab them from me they'll be trouble though!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 09, 2009:

@Tammy Lochmann-Thanks, Tammy. You certainly did the right thing--kudos to you for being proactive. Someday, I'll have kids of my own that I can bombard with Seuss books. Yes, I love to spend time with Erica. She's a bit feisty as she takes after her uncle :D Thank you for the feedback!

@Useful Knowledge-Thanks, UK. I thought you'd like this book and not surprisingly, we have the same viewpoints. We never know when each of us will have to say goodbye to one another, so spending time with each other is priceless. Thanks as always!

@Journey*-Thanks, Journey! Yes, Chuck Jones is incredible, isn't he? I enjoy all his work.

Nyesha Pagnou MPH from USA on December 09, 2009:

Great review. I also like the film re-make, The Grinch.

Useful Knowledge on December 09, 2009:

This is a great review. I agree with you. We must find the real meaning and just enjoy the time we have together during the holidays. This is one of my favorite Dr. Suess books as well. This hub really put me in the Christmas spirit.

Tammy Lochmann on December 09, 2009:

So right about Dr Suess...I bought a treasury of his books as soon as I knew I was pregnant LOL...not really but as soon as my son was ready for me to read to him. Have fun reading to your Niece. My daughter loves to write her own stories (she dictates and I write) and then we read them together.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Ha! Thank you, Paradise! My niece loves books just as much as her uncle Dohn :) It must run in the family!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on December 08, 2009:

I loved that story. I'm glad you bought your niece the book. Such a cool hub from a cool guy!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Hey, TFT. Thank you. I never get tired of watching the Grinch on TV, especially when the Grinch song comes on. It never fails to bring a smile to my face :D

Truth From Truth from Michigan on December 08, 2009:

Nice review Dohn , I just watched the Grinch on TV with my son last weak. I had not seen it in long time, I will have to buy the book for him also. It is enjoyable. Thanks Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Hello, Green Lotus. Thanks so much for reading this as I had a lot of fun writing this one. I actually thought about writing a hub about The Grinch months ago and now was finally the time to do so. Dr. Seuss is just pure fun to read, no matter if your 8 or 80! Yes, the illustration are so distinct aren't they? Thanks again :)

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on December 08, 2009:

What a terrific, creative review! Christmas is about family and friends, so true. Good old Dr. Seuss knew how to say it to kids of all ages, but it was those cool illustrations that made me a fan.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Seven grandchildren? Wow! That's really awesome, juneaukid. You must be very busy this time of year. I sure wish I was back in New York! Thanks for the feedback. I'm sure they'll love it.

Richard Francis Fleck from Denver, Colorado on December 08, 2009:

Thanks, I'll read it out loud to my 7 grandchildren once I get to New York next week. Cheers!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Yes! That's exactly why I enjoy this story so much. Reading it again as an adult no only brought back memories, but it taught me new adult-concepts I invariably missed as a kid (or forgot). I'd give truck loads of this book away during the holiday season if I could afford to! Thanks Dolores for the feedback :D What's Christmas without the Grinch?

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 08, 2009:

There is nothing so lovely as to read Dr. Suess to a child. Though mine are grown now, we still talk about his wonderful books, the humor as well as the messages. The Grinch is a perfect story. It has suspense, a message, and shows how a person (if you can call the Grinch a person) can be changed by self-realization

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

@keira7-Geez...Thank you for that, keira *blushes* That's very kind of you to say so! At my niece's parents' wedding, I had the honor to do the toast, in which I requested that they give me a niece because I didn't have one at the time. Throughout my sister-in-law's pregnancy, she swore that she was going to have a boy but I insisted that she would have a girl. Wouldn't you know it? She had Erica, just as I predicted! Her and I are very close as she inherited my affinity for books. I wish you well to you and yours too :D I hope you enjoy your Christmas. Thank you :)

@alekhouse-Thank you so much for that. I'm happy to have shared this just in time for the holidays. I'm glad that you enjoyed reading it.

@prettydarkhorse-Thanks Maita! Yes, I'm notorious for gifting books! I recently learned that Erica drew on the cover of her "The Giving Tree" book I gave to her and was a little upset with it. However, I did the very same thing when I was her age, so I let it slide :D Can you tell I love her? I appreciate your comment as always, Maita, thank you!

@pgrundy-Yeah, I love her very much :D She never fails to make me laugh whenever I visit her--she's a real clown and a smart one at that. Green Eggs and Ham is a must read/must have as well...I label anyone who doesn't like Seuss as a Communist (just kidding). Thanks so much Pam!

@Justine76-Q: "What do you want for Christmas dohn121?" A:"Let's see...Books, books, and more books." I'm very easy to shop for, lol. I don't ever get tired of watching the Grinch on TV. It's part of the entire Christmas experience. Being with family is crucial during the holiday season. "Oh, The Places You'll Go" is another Seussian book I plan to review very soon. Isn't it awesome? Thanks so much for sharing that, DM!

@Leop-That's great to hear, Leop. My family usually go over to my sister's in-laws for Christmas and it's usually a great time just for our close-knit family, especially for the kids. I can't wait to have kids of my own. I remember a time when everyone had a X-Mas fund geared towards presents of course and so credit cards were not necessary. I'll certainly check out your hub, Leop. Thank you for reading!

@Don White-Thanks for that Don! It seems that I learn more each day by reading other Hubber's Hubs. I learned a bit from you too by the way ;)

@habee-It's my belief that the Grinch comes around every year (heck, I've even worked for a couple of "Grinches" as well, lol) It's always great to pick this book up to enjoy Seuss' story all over again. I haven't see the Jim Carey/Ron Howard version and don't plan to! Chuck Jones rocks! Thanks as always, habee!

@Lady-E-Ha! Yes, that's exactly what she calls me :D She has this thing where she screams and starts running away whenever I see her as she's in fear that I'm going to tickle her :D I hope she read to me when I can't see the words on the pages one day! Yeah, she loves the books and promised me she would defile them with crayons, lol. Thanks, Lady_E!

Elena from London, UK on December 08, 2009:

Very interesting story. I've made a mental note of the book.

Hope your niece enjoys the books you bought. I'm sure she will, with all the pictures. She looks cute, "Uncle Dohn". :)

Holle Abee from Georgia on December 08, 2009:

I love this story - and the OLD cartoon. I was disappointed with the Jim Carey movie. Nice hub!

Don White on December 08, 2009:

Great Hub. I liked the way you put it together. We can learn much from you. Thanks, Don White

Leop on December 08, 2009:

This is one of my classics, just love it. Well written review. I have to agree with your personal opinion on what we have gotten ourselves into when it comes to holidays. Christmas in my house is about family getting together and enjoying, not with lots of food and not with gives. Even now, we don't buy presents at all.

Thanks Dohn, also if get chance take a look at my It conveys the same message.

Justine76 on December 08, 2009:

Aww man!! My parents did alot wrong, but they did give me books. I could read before I started school. And I had Dr. Suess. I need to go read your sneetches now. (My sister had a mouse named "sneetch" once.) Every Christmas Eve, we go to my oldest daughters grandparents house, and we watch The Grinch, while her Grandmother reads from the book. My husband was given "Oh, the places you'll go" for a graduation present. I love Dr. Suess even now as an adult!!

pgrundy on December 08, 2009:

What an adorable niece you have! I love Dr. Seuss. My kids still can recite Green Eggs and Ham by heart, and they are all grown up and married now. Great hub dohn. :)

prettydarkhorse from US on December 08, 2009:

nice Dohn and very cute niece too, That is the essence of Christmas indeed, being together and understanding each other inspite of shortcomings, The Grinch have a change of heart,

nice books for children too, and I like that you always give books to children,

have a good day, Maita

Nancy Hinchliff from Essex Junction, Vermont on December 08, 2009:

Wow! What a terrific review, and I love all the images. What a nice Christmas treat. Thanks

keira7 on December 08, 2009:

Hi my dear friend, its good to see that not only you are one of the best writer in HP. But you are also a brilliant oncle. You certainly gived the best present to your niece in both ways. Suess, and love for reading, wich she will developp even more. Great hub my dear friend. Thanks for sharing. Bless you and your family.:) Your niece, look so adorable. She is really a pretty girl too.:)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Really? He's my best friend :D Like singer Billy Joel said, "I rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints!" Thanks, Tatjana-Mihaela. I'm pretty sure that there are Croatian translations for Dr. Seuss, no? I'm glad you liked it.

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on December 08, 2009:

Hehe, Grinch is very interesting creature. Never heard about him before reading this Hub.

Thank for teaching me something new.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Thanks, Pamela99. Yes, I've been anticipating on writing this hub for about 2 months now. Being that we're so close to Christmas, I thought it due time that publish this hub. All of Seuss' books teaches such valuable lessons. One of the most difficult things that I had to learn as a child was finding a balance between all of my activities. I've always found joy in reading. You're boys were lucky ;) My public library WAS my library! Thanks again.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 08, 2009:

dohn, Great hub. Dr. Suess wrote so many wonderful books and you used this classic very well to emphasize what is really important at Christmas. More books, and reading time together with your children is so much better that all the TV children watch these days. My 3 boys grew up with lots of books.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Thank you Peter. What's Christmas without the Grinch? I actually like his character a lot...Truth be told, the villains in most stories are much more interesting than the heroes. In this case, the Grinch is both!

Peter Dickinson from South East Asia on December 08, 2009:

Great hub...brought back happy memories and I imagine was a lot of fun to put together. Thanks Dohn.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 08, 2009:

Thanks for being the first to comment, Rose West! I give away books as gifts about as much as I buy books for myself. I'm glad that you agree with me ;) I wish I wrote this book!

Rose West from Michigan on December 08, 2009:

A child without books...can't even imagine that :) The Grinch is one of Seuss's best. So classic! I would have liked to meet Dr. Seuss...I wonder what we would talk about.

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