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.
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [1985]
Copyright Date: ©1985
ISBN: 9780394800790
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some colour) ; 29 cm

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jandt_mcmurray
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!

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mammothhawk229e
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.

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Derringer
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

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Dec 01, 2016

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

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dylankemp
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.

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susan_findlay
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.

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SushiQueen
Nov 30, 2015

I like his dog. :)

KRockstar10 Feb 06, 2014

I'm honestly not sure I've ever read this book before today! I've seen the cartoon movie and avoided the Jim Carey version like the plague, but this may have been my first interaction with the actual book. It's so cute! Definitely one I will want to own when I have kids.

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Heather4
Sep 27, 2012

I love this book and have since I was a child. Classic story with a good moral to teach children, as well as adults. Dr. Seuss is one of the best authors of all time.

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jandt_mcmurray
Dec 21, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Heather4
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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