Finally Famous Book Club

About Finally Famous Book Club

Finally Famous, a Melbourne-based group of identical book-clubbing cousins: Janet, Sandra, Vikki and Janine, who band together to write informative stuff about books that may not be as informative as you’d like.

The Finally Famous Book Club visits the office of Dr Seuss

Babs, Jan, Neen and Sandra offer heavily salyed insights into the works of beloved children’s author Dr Seuss. Goes well with green ham.



The Lessons of Dr Seuss:
A brilliant poem by the Finally Famous Book Club


Our project today is a challenging one:
Where on this Earth is Sally’s mum?
The Cat in the Hat is our subject today,
Who was this weirdo who wanted to play?
What sort of a mother would leave them alone?
They look about six and have no mobile phone.
They were left by themselves against their wish
They were left by themselves baby-sat by a fish!
What sort of a lesson is this to tell kids?
DHHS would all flip their lids.

Who was this writer, this doctor called Seuss
Who influenced children, just like Mother Goose?
We all know a line from a book that we’ve read
That taught us to read and then go off to bed.
We looked at the quotes, loved this eloquent man
Who wrote one such story, called Green Eggs and Ham,
A favourite said I, it’s Babs so you know…
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn. The more places you’ll go.”

“This one’s my favourite,” Jan said with a shout:
“Why fit in when you are born to stand out?”
We all liked that one, we thought it was grouse,
We ran and we ran and we ran round the house.
Sandra called out with a great big to-do,
“Today you are you, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is youer than you”.
Neen said in fact, “Step with care and great tact,
And remember that life’s a great balancing act.”

When reading, words jumble; anxiety sets in,
The children bamboozled, and the parents give in,
To read ten more pages—they all sound the same.
Dad goes on and on and then goes insane.
The Fox in Socks is a hard book to read,
You can make a “quick trick chick stack”
But really where does this lead?

The Grinch was such fun,
Our kids loved it too,
He stole away Christmas
But the message was true.
The film was the best
Jim Carrey was aces
So we all drank Coronas
And got off our faces.

Seuss sent many messages:
The Lorax for one
Was written in 1971.
A tale to save our environment and planet—
To look after what’s ours was a thought from our Janet.
A man before his time this doctor, this man,
There’s no way he’d win Masterchef with green eggs and ham.
Oh the places you’ll go is wonderful tale
About life lessons, resilience, achieving success
And that sometimes life can just be a mess.

Our advice is to read this for lessons in life.
Pass it to someone, maybe someone in strife,
Who knows ups and downs, to push them along,
To remind them that things don’t always go wrong.
Just keep trying… “and will you succeed?
Yes, you will indeed!
(98 and three-quarter percent guaranteed.)”



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