Friday, January 9, 2009

The Butterfly Effect for Beginners.

by Rosetta Stone, Illustrated by Michael Frith
Random House, 1975

Today I learned that "Rosetta Stone" is another alias for Dr. Seuss. I had no idea! Of course it makes sense since so many of these Beginner Books are by Seuss.

The Beginner Book Story
"Ten years ago, Dr. Seuss took 220 words, rhymed them, and turned out The Cat in the Hat, a little volume of absurdity that worked like a karate chop on the weary little wold of Dick, Jane, and Spot."
--Ellen Goodman, The Detroit Free Press, Nov. 1966

I loved this cause and effect, chain of events sort of book. It's a bit like the recent Laura Numeroff books If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. (The illustrator of those, Felicia Bond is another favorite) In this Beginner Book story, what begins with a sneeze ends up being utter pandemonium.

I remember loving this last set of pages. It was so fun to see where the various characters ended up and to follow all the different disastrous moves on the pages.

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