Monday, September 9, 2019

Fans of Dr. Seuss Will Want to Get Their Hands on "Dr. Seuss's HORSE MUSEUM," A Never-Before Published book by the Author! -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book by the publisher to help facilitate my review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

A never-before-published Dr. Seuss book about creating and looking at art!

I was super excited when I heard whispers earlier this year about a never before published Dr. Seuss book that would be releasing by Random House Children's Books.  I couldn't find information about its expected release date until last month, when I received an email with the announcement for this book and request for me to join the blog book tour from Rockstar Book Tours.  I jumped at the opportunity as I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, like so many people.  I grew up having my mom reading his books to my brothers and I at bedtime.  And, once I started reading on my own, Dr. Seuss books were the first books I was able to read on my own, thanks in part to the rhyming schemes and repetition of words.  Fast forward to today, and I am still enjoying Dr. Seuss books, this time, though, sharing them with my two girls.  Like my mom, I would read Dr. Seuss books to my girls at bedtime when they were little, and now they can read his books on their own.  But, I love when they come to me and ask me to read one of his books at bedtime, as I not only get in a few extra unexpected snuggles, but also because I love all the Dr. Seuss books and find it a treat to read them again, even as an adult.

So, when I heard about Dr. Seuss's HORSE MUSEUM releasing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to share with my girls. Here is more about this new never before released book by Dr. Seuss and illustrator, Andrew Joyner...

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"Based on a manuscript and sketches discovered in 2013, this book is like a visit to a museum--with a horse as your guide!

Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself. Discover full-color photographic art reproductions of pieces by Picasso, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Deborah Butterfield, Franz Marc, Jackson Pollock, and many others--all of which feature a horse! Young readers will find themselves delightfully transported by the engaging equines as they learn about the creative process and how to see art in new ways.

Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss's original sketches, acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner has created a look that is both subtly Seussian and wholly his own. His whimsical illustrations are combined throughout with "real-life" art. Cameo appearances by classic Dr. Seuss characters (among them the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch, and Horton the Elephant) make Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum a playful picture book that is totally unique. Ideal for home or classroom use, it encourages critical thinking and makes a great gift for Seuss fans, artists, and horse lovers of all ages.

Publisher's Notes discuss the discovery of the manuscript and sketches, Dr. Seuss's interest in understanding modern art, the process of creating the book, and information about each of the artists and art reproductions in the book."

About the Book:
Author: Dr. Seuss & Andrew Joyner (Illustrations)
Pub. Date: September 3, 2019
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Pages: 80


My Thoughts:

As mentioned about in the book synopsis, this is an art-inspired book, and has a horse at your guide through the art museum.  You will be surprised to find that this book is not like most Dr. Seuss books you are used to reading with your kids, as it is more educational.  It is geared towards older children, ages 7+, and is a great way to introduce them to art appreciation.  Kids will be introduced to different works and types of art, that show various ways the artists depict horses, hence the name of the book, "Dr. Seuss's HORSE MUSEUM." 

My girls really enjoyed this book, especially the playful and fun horse illustrations done by Andrew Joyner.  They attend a monthly art class where they walk the halls of new art exhibits for homeschool, and then go into the classroom to apply what they learned through the art they saw.  After reading this book, the girls said, it would be fun to visit a horse museum like the one in the book.  They loved seeing all the different ways artists depict horses.  My girls tried their hand at drawing their own versions of a horse, that they would have displayed in the Dr. Seuss Horse Museum, if it was accepting new artists. :-)

Readers will notice as they read through the pages of this new book classic Dr. Seuss characters including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant and even the Grinch.  My girls were the first to notice this and point them out. And, after that we not only took time to enjoy the story being told, but also all the horse artwork and illustrations, as well as doing a little seek and find to see what other classic Dr. Seuss characters we could find.  This added to the fun and enjoyment of this new release, which is a must have for fans of Dr. Seuss (young and old).  It is also great for homeschool use to help introduce your kids to art appreciation, as well as useful for teachers in a classroom, who are studying or celebrating Dr. Seuss, or trying to incorporate art into their studies, in a fun and interesting way.

I could go on and on about how great the new Dr. Seuss's HORSE MUSEUM picture book is.  But, instead of me rambling on, why not pick up a copy of this book and share it with your kids today?  You will see why my girls and I are loving this new Dr. Seuss book, and are happy we have it to add to our Dr. Seuss collection.  Be sure to read on for a chance to win one of three copies of this new Dr. Seuss book up for grabs. :-)


Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both cartoons and humorous articles for them. Additionally, he was submitting cartoons to Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty. In some of his works, he'd made reference to an insecticide called Flit. These references gained notice, and led to a contract to draw comic ads for Flit. This association lasted 17 years, gained him national exposure, and coined the catchphrase "Quick, Henry, the Flit!"

In 1936 on the way to a vacation in Europe, listening to the rhythm of the ship's engines, he came up with And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was then promptly rejected by the first 43 publishers he showed it to. Eventually in 1937 a friend published the book for him, and it went on to at least moderate success.

During WW II, Geisel joined the army and was sent to Hollywood. Captain Geisel would write for Frank Capra's Signal Corps Unit (for which he won the Legion of Merit) and do documentaries (he won Oscar's for Hitler Lives and Design for Death). He also created a cartoon called Gerald McBoing-Boing which also won him an Oscar.

In May of 1954, Life published a report concerning illiteracy among school children. The report said, among other things, that children were having trouble to read because their books were boring. This inspired Geisel's publisher, and prompted him to send Geisel a list of 400 words he felt were important, asked him to cut the list to 250 words (the publishers idea of how many words at one time a first grader could absorb), and write a book. Nine months later, Geisel, using 220 of the words given to him published The Cat in the Hat, which went on to instant success.

In 1960 Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write an entire book using only fifty words. The result was Green Eggs and Ham. Cerf never paid the $50 from the bet.

Helen Palmer Geisel died in 1967. Theodor Geisel married Audrey Stone Diamond in 1968. Theodor Seuss Geisel died 24 September 1991.

Also worked under the pen name:
Theo Le Sieg 

Learn more about Dr. Seuss by visiting: Website | Goodreads

About The Illustrator, Andrew Joyner:

Andrew Joyner is an internationally published illustrator and author. His popular books include The Terrible Plop, written by Ursula Dubosarsky. He lives in South Australia.

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Thanks to the author and publisher, three (3) lucky readers will have a chance to win a finished copy of the new DR. SEUSS'S HORSE MUSEUM book. Note, this giveaway is only open to US residents only.

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


Be sure to check out the other book blog stops for the new DR. SEUSS'S HORSE MUSEUM book, where other bloggers will be sharing their personal reviews of the book, just like I did above.

DR. SEUSS'S HORSE MUSEUM book Tour Schedule:

Week One:
9/2/2019- BookHounds YaReview
9/3/2019- 100 Pages A DayReview
9/4/2019- Book-KeepingReview
9/6/2019- FictitiousFoxReview

Week Two:
9/9/2019- Inspired by SavannahReview
9/10/2019- Lifestyle Of MeReview
9/11/2019- Little Red ReadsReview
9/12/2019- two points of interestReview
9/13/2019- Eli to the nthReview

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of the book by the publisher to help facilitate my review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.