Author: Dr. Seuss
Genre: Children's Classic
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's
Released: 12 October 1957
When the grumpy Grinch tries to steal Christmas from the citizens of Who-ville, he soon realised there's more to it than mistletoe and tinsel!
Again, I had a deprived childhood - I can't remember having read this book before now! Bad I know, but Dr. Suess isn't just for children, so it doesn't matter. I love the Jim Carrey movies (and plan on watching the cartoon version this Christmas too), so I was so glad to have finally read the book.
The story follows the Grinch, a funny looking creature with a heart two sizes too small, who despises Christmas and the Who's who celebrate it in the village, Who-ville. When Christmas eve arrives, he decides he has to stop Christmas from coming, and in order to do that, he plans on stealing Christmas. Heading down to Who-ville dressed as Santa with his dog Max as Rudolf, he steals the Christmas trees, decorations, presents, and feasts of every Who house. When Christmas morning arrives, and he is able to plunge Christmas off a cliff, he soon discovers that there is more the Christmas than the trimmings.
No one could tell this story better than Dr. Seuss. His whimsical writing style and use of rhyme makes this story so enjoyable, and the artwork is perfect - not too over-the-top and red being the only splash of colour. This makes the book enjoyable for both children and adults alike, and is why anyone of any age can come back time and time again to read this book. It's the perfect Christmas eve, with a wonderful message about the true meaning of Christmas.
Overall, I loved this book and plan on reading it a few more times this Christmas season. It's a story that I'll continue to read year after year, and still find enjoyment out of. No matter how old you are, pick up this book for Christmas!