On Beyond Zebra!

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

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About this book

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


The 3rd book in my Dr. Seuss's challenge, the greatest so far. I see a lot of people suggesting books about thinking out-of-the-box but this is better. This book will lead a journey beyond the letter Z where most people stop! I'm so excited to have children to just read this book to them!

Nia King

What a way to play with words and encourage creativity. Who would image turning the alphabet backwards. This story challenges children to play with different sound, this can emerge literacy and aid in pronunciation.

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.

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!

Eric Maher

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

Sajjad Azim

Learned some new letters


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.


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.

Stephanie Martin

Picture Book 7: Dr. Seuss is definitely my favorite children's author. I enjoy the rhyming and they are always fun to read. This book is good for children because it teaches them the alphabet without them even realizing it. This book makes learning fun and reading as well. I thought it was clever that at the end of the book he asked what this letter should be called, which really gets the audience/children involved. Also, the pictures like all dr.seuss books are great and all in all this book is good.


One of Seuss's best. My daughters loved it, every time I read it. And I read it to them many times.


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.

Stephanie Tuell

lots of big funny words

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?

Brett Hollinger

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


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.

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