Friday, December 17, 2010

Children's Book Review: In A People House

Name of Book: In A People House
Author / Illustrator: Written by Theo LeSieg and Illustrated by Roy McKie (HINT: Theo LeSieg is another pen name of Theodor Geisel who is, of course, Dr. Seuss--LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards.)
What It's All About: This is a word book that is miles beyond your average word/picture recognition books that treat kids like little idiots.  This is a great book for kids and adults.  A mouse shows a bird what's in a People House and they make a mess and are thrown out, but not before they learn what everything is.
My Favorite Bit: I always had favorite pages when I was a kid.  I like the mouse brushing the bird's head in this book.  It always looked like a soft brush.  I also liked that they had white zoom marks behind them as they ran/flew through the house.
Suitable Age For Reading It To: This is a great book for little ones to hear and for older ones to read to you and/or little ones.  I love this book and it doesn't get too simple for anyone (except perhaps cynical high schoolers, but they'll come around in college). 
A Little About the Author and/or Illustrator: Theodor Giesel (Dr. Seuss/Theo LeSieg) was born in Massachusetts and raised a Lutheran.  He attended Dartmouth and began working for the humor magazine of Dartmouth, the Dartmouth Jack-O-Lantern.  When caught drinking gin during prohibition in his rooms, he was made to resign from all extra-curricular activities.  To be able to continue writing for the humor magazine, he began using the pen name Seuss.  His first book was And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street.  He and his wife moved to La Jolla, California, where he wrote many works that we all know and love today. He never had kids of his own and would say when asked why, "You have 'em; I'll entertain 'em."
Roy McKie illustrated most of the books Theodor Giesel penned without illustrating himself.  There is not much else I can find out about him.  Let me know if you do.

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