Friday Face-Off – 9th June 2017

Friday Face-Off – 9th June 2017

Friday Face-Off is an idea originally thought up by Books By Proxy which I stole from the fantastic The Tattooed Book Geek. The idea originally was to compare UK and US covers based on an assigned theme each week and choose the winning cover. I will be twisting it slightly: not specifically US and UK covers, just different editions.

This week’s theme is a cover featuring a cat: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this”.

I have opted for childhood classic The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss for this week.

Cover A:


Cover B:


Cover C:


Cover D:


Cover E:


And the winner is… COVER A!

It’s simple, effective and totally Dr Seuss. I love the quirky style of his artwork that matches his stories so well.

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with my winner, or does one of the others work better for you? Let me know in the comments!

Next week I will be looking for a cover featuring a hat: “It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself”.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

How The Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

“The Grinch hated Christmas! The whole Christmas season!
Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.”

With a heart two sizes too small, the Grinch is the meanest creature you’ll ever meet. He hates Christmas and the whole festive season. But when he hatches a dastardly plot to steal Christmas, he’s in for a big surprise!

Over the years I have seen both versions of Dr Seuss’ 1953 classic children’s tale. The Jim Carey film is fun, lively and filled with colour, and the actor himself brings The Grinch to life. While the original animated cartoon version featuring the legendary Boris Karloff brings a sinister feel to proceedings.
I love them both, the child-like charm of both films is a treasure during the festive season. But I cannot remember ever having read Seuss’ original book, so when I saw it in my local book shop, I bought a copy. It’s only a very short tale, about how the Grinch, with his heart two sizes two small, despises Christmas and everything it stands for. This presents a problem, living just outside the town of Whoville, inhabited by the very festive Whos.

So to solve his problem, the mean-spirited old Grinch concocts a plan to steal all the trappings of Christmas, ruining it for all in Whoville. True to his famous style, Seuss uses rhyme throughout brilliantly, allowing the story to flow. The illustrations in the book are wonderful – they have a simple line-drawn feel to them, with only enough colour to add effect.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas at its core is a heartwarming story as the Grinch himself discovers what Christmas really means, and learns to love the festive season. I don’t know how I have not read it before, but I will be sure to read it every year from now on!

My rating: