How the Grinch Stole Christmas

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Book - 1985
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The Grinch tries to stop Christmas from arriving by stealing all the presents and food from the village, but much to his surprise it comes anyway. Could Christmas be more than presents?
Publisher: New York : Random House, c1985.
ISBN: 9780394800790
Branch Call Number: JP Seuss cp 33164001869481 2000 JP cpy 1 AURORA
JP Seuss cp 33164001869473 2000 JP cpy 1 AURORA
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 29 cm.


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Oct 29, 2018

The lies and misconception all I wanted to do was use this for a project but nooooooo it tells me to "PICK IT UP IN THE STORE" NOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Dec 21, 2017

(NOTE: I've certainly read the book before, but my review below is also based off of my recent listen to the AUDIBLE version of the story.)

The Grinch, the old grump that lives on the mountaintop outside of Whoville, hates Christmas. He will do ANYTHING to stop Christmas & all of its joyous activities from happening for everybody in town. He even goes so far as to dress up as Santa Claus, take a trip down to Whoville, & steal anything & everything that has to do with Christmas from every single house. But will the loss of all of the presents, decoration, & food stop the joy of Christmas from coming to the hearts of the Whos in Whoville? Of course not! And as the Grinch soon found out, Christmas is something that resides in our hearts, not under our tree or on our walls. The Grinch becomes a new "person" & returns everything to the families of Whoville. From that point forward, he is a vital part of the Christmas celebrations in town.

Who wouldn't love a story like that?! The typical "bad guy turned good" story line portrayed in a cute children's book. And narrated by the always-amazing Walter Matthau --- it just doesn't get better than that! A true Christmas classic that bears re-reading each year.

Age recommendation: all ages

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

Dec 19, 2017

Oh-oh!..... (To be sure) - Those naive and trusting Whos down in Whoville are, once again, in for some real big-big trouble this year.

'Cause (while those unsuspecting Whos are all merrily off in Dreamland) that mean, old Mister Grinch (of the smallest heart and the slimiest green) is gonna invade their peaceful village and, literally, steal Christmas right out from under their cute, little pug-noses. Yep. He sure is.

Oh. Boo-ho!.... And, what are those poor Whos gonna do?.... Well - Have no fear - Dr. Suess is gonna see to it that all turns out for the very best (with a joyous happy ending, too).

Aug 18, 2017

Character not really mean one if he didn't use weapons of mass destruction.
That's the biggest plot hole in children's book.
However, he didn't have the technical expertise & money for nuclear option.
Biological & chemical weapon debatable if he had education which it never stated. The problem that more than even odds he will kill himself by accident.
Conventional weapons including guns & explosives? Same argument unless he buy off-the-shelf. However, that assumed he know gun safety.
He is a poster boy for gun control, small arms restriction & mental health check though.
I'm just playing Devil's advocate & being objective.

Dec 03, 2016

(*Story excerpt*) - Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville - did not.

The Grinch hated Christmas - the whole Christmas season. Now, please don't ask why; no one quite knows the reason.

It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn't screwed on just right. But I think that the most likely reason of all... may have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes, he stood there on Christmas Eve hating the Whos.

MGBustillo Dec 02, 2016

Classic story of a thief changing his ways

Dec 01, 2016

"You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch."

Oct 17, 2016

A classic. A story about how it's good to celebrate, whether or not you have lots of stuff to celebrate with.

Jun 18, 2016

A Christmas classic with a wonderful rolling meter and clever rhymes. Up there with Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham in the "fun to read" department.
The message that Christmas is about love not presents is a great one for children, young and old.

May 05, 2016

Christmas is a dreaded holiday for many. People claim that it has become commercialized, that people should act year round the way they do on Christmas, and that Christmas comes too early ever year, despite having a set date. When did people start despising Christmas? How did Christmas, a holiday about togetherness, get to a point of being allowed to be despised?
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" by Dr. Seuss. It is a story about a lonely bitter green creature, specific genus unknown, who hates Christmas for some clandestine reason. Plausibly, it is that his heart is two sizes too small, but there may be a confusion of cause and effect in that theory. Upon reading the Grinch, I couldn't help asking philosophy's greatest question: Why? Why is it that a children's story over a half century old has remained such a dominate Christmas theme? Many would argue that the story of Christmas changing the heart of someone surly and old is simply "magical", but there are countless stories with this plot, some of them true stories, that don't need to misspell words for their rhyming scheme. Yet, with the exception of A Christmas Carol, no holiday story remains as prevalent.

There are many magical verses throughout the story. I can't help but smirk at "Little Cindy Loo Who, who was no more than two" but this is not consistent throughout the book. The story of the Grinch begins and ends rather abruptly, and if read carefully the fact that the Doctor seems overly vague becomes obvious. What is Dr. Seuss's idea of the "true meaning of Christmas"? When compared to the other Seuss works like "The Lorax", "Horton Hears Who", and "Oh the Places You'll Go", the Grinch seems to lack the direct meaning found in these other stories. Yet it is the Grinch story that has the power to strike the human heart so deeply that I have seen gown men holding back tears after a particular good reading of the story aloud. Most everybody knows the story, and those who don't would still recognize the infamous "And then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before ...” Literary silver bells ring loud, but what does it tell us about Christmas today?

The Grinch views the world the way many of us see it, whether consciously or not. The blame is not entirely on the Grinch, as people smile and act happy on the outside, especially on Christmas. To exacerbate this, feelings of loneliness, rejection, and pointlessness seem shockingly prevalent in today’s world, and most people don’t make it through life untouched by these emotions. It is no coincidence these feelings tend to magnify in the month of December. How frustrating it must be that a holiday about togetherness, acceptance, love, and purpose too often becomes a mockery of these gifts. Surely the Grinch felt this frustration, evident as he was driven to lie to a small child and commit grand theft larceny. But perhaps we have stumbled on the answer.

As the Grinch stood on the top of Mt. Crumpet, his head seething with wonderfully awful ideas about the misery that would soon befall the Whos of Who-Ville, he could not have known in just three hours he would see Christmas, as it truly is, for the first time. He discovered something that day, and it wasn't just that Christmas doesn't come from a store; it was that all this time it was the distortion of the values of Christmas that blinded him to its true meaning: building togetherness, offering acceptance, presenting love, and giving purpose. These are the things our hearts hunger for the most, and I would guess that the Grinch's heart didn't grow quite so large simply because the Whos sang a song, but because it at last saw evidence of greater meaning. No material item, or bitterness long held on to, is worth the understanding of how to love one another.

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Sep 27, 2012

Ahh, such a classic children’s story. I have loved this book along with the original movie since I was a young child. The story is by Dr. Seuss and states how a person, The Grinch, has been outcast from society and dislikes cheer and goodwill. The Grinch finally decides to stop Christmas, taking away all of the Christmas that was down in Whoville. However, when the people down in Whoville wake up, even though all of their Christmas food and presents were gone they were still happy because Christmas is not about all of the “things” it is about the people you spend time with, cheer and goodwill. The Grinch realizes this just as all of the “things” were about to fall down Mount Crumpit. His heart grows with the love from Whoville and stops the sleigh from falling off the mountain and brings everything back to the town and everyone as on celebrates Christmas with the Grinch.


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MaxineML Dec 23, 2013

“Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more....”


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