On Beyond Zebra!

ISBN: 0394800842
ISBN 13: 9780394800844
By: Dr. Seuss

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If you think the alphabet stops with Z, you are wrong. So wrong. Leave it to Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell (with a little help from Dr. Seuss) to create an entirely new alphabet beginning with Z! This rhyming picture book introduces twenty new letters and the creatures that one can spell with them. Discover (and spell) such wonderfully Seussian creations as the Yuzz-a-ma-Tuzz and the High Gargel-orum. Readers young and old will be giggling from beginning to end . . . or should we say, from Yuzz to Hi!

Reader's Thoughts


"And GLIKK is for Glikker who lives in wild weedsAnd spends his time juggling fresh cinnamon seedsWhich he's usually able to find in great numberExcepting, of course, in the month of SeptUmberWhen cinnamon seeds aren't around in great number.So that month he juggles with seeds of cucumber.


The Good: I plan on reading all of Dr. Seuss' books this year as part of my reading challenge.http://thechroniclesofachildrensbookw... There are a lot that I wasn't familiar with at all- On Beyond Zebra being one of them. I was pleasantly surprised that it was about the love of words and not staying within the confines of popular/normal boundaries.The Bad: One of the reasons I thought I didn't like Dr. Seuss (as I mentioned in the post I shared above) was all the made up words. Unfortunately, this is another book with a lot of them and it's getting redundant and tiring.

Stephanie Tuell

lots of big funny words

Brett Hollinger

It's Dr. Seuss! What more can you say? Inspirational, appropriate and fun for any age.

Sham Issa

مضحك، ممتع، ومبدع. مواضيعه أكثر من مجرد قصة أطفال، رغم أنهم سيكونون الأكثر استفادة حتماً.


This whimsical book made me smile, I loved all the craziness and kookiness that only Dr. Seuss can come up with and get away with. This book is very clever and will delight any imaginative child who wants to go beyond Z.*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2008...


This is a fabulous book with wonderful rhyme. I think this must have written by a genius - even though it is not necessarily written for my age level, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think it will hold the attention of many children as they learn the 'new letters' past z.

Jack Kirby and the X-man

An interesting take on the typical alphabet book - why do most people only learn the first 26 letters? What about the rest of them?Like all Seuss rhyme and rythmn are really important - and these are destroyed by non-US pronunciation of Z (ie zed, not zee) and zebra. Pronounciation difference have caused issues for me with Seuss before - but never in such a prominent and repeated way.

Candace Ryan

Dr. Seuss proves he's the Einstein of kidlit with this book. It took a while for the world to "get" E=mc², blowing the roof off Newtonian physics. Dr. Seuss blows the roof off the alphabet and language itself with this book.Cool kidlit scholar Philip Nel writes in Dr. Seuss: American Icon, "...On Beyond Zebra is Seuss's Finnegans Wake." 'Nuff said?

Eric Maher

A childhood favorite of mine.Why should there only be 26 letters in the alphabet??


Dr. Suess is still classic and will never get old. Don't recall this one from when I was younger but I could have read it. I read this to a soon-to-be one year old and we both enjoyed it. At least he appeared to.

Joshua Kennedy

THNAD is for Thandners And oh, are they sad, oh! The big one, you see, has the smaller one's shadow. The shadow the small Thnadner has should be his.I don't understand it, but that's how it is. A terrible mix-up in shadows! Gee-Whizz!

Jill Collins

Another book surfaced from the depths of my bookcase. I can see my mother's preferences reflected the concept, the way it encourages the child to think of all the letters beyond after you've mastered A though Z. When I was a kid all her games were to stretch the imagination, to get you outside of the box. "How many ways can you gather a bouquet of flowers?" The sillier your answer, the better. The "new" letters along with the creations are simply delightful. I'm glad I've held on to this book.


Not one of Dr. Seuss's greatest hits. It's very similar to There's a Wocket in My Pocket!, with nonsense just for the sake of nonsense. The premise is that an older boy is telling a younger boy just learning his letters that there are more exciting letters beyond Z. They all look like crazy combinations of letters already in the alphabet, and their pronunciation is given with letters of the alphabet, as are the words they're used to spell. Even my kindergartener noticed that.


As a kid I loved weird words and other linguistic hijinx, and so it's no surprise that On Beyond Zebra was on the short list of favorite Seuss books. After rereading it just now, I realized that it was special in one other way: perhaps more than any other of the master's works, it spurred me to creativity (just like Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell in the story!). Looking back with my jaded, myopic grown-up eye, I can see that the new letters beyond Z are simple amalgamations of ordinary Roman letters, but at the time I was transfixed (and highly amused) by the bizarre shapes custom-made to name exotic animals. (What did Dr. Seuss have against plants, anyway? Are they too sessile and boring for kids?) Years later I was still making up new letters for words the brother and I had invented.An aside: To this day I cannot hear the word grotto without thinking of the Yekko singing away, down in his dim cave beneath branching Gothic arches.

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