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On Tape, the Sounds of Seuss

Dr. Seuss on tape -- His books have been read by Billy Crystal, Dustin Hoffman, and Walter Matthau

Dr. Seuss is as much fun to hear as he is to read, and with over a dozen book-and-cassette packages of the good doctor's work now available, kids will get plenty of opportunity to do both. Random House offers three good recordings of actors reading Seuss aloud: Billy Crystal affects a falsetto and a sniffle as a ditzy bird and a steadfast elephant in Horton Hatches the Egg; Dustin Hoffman is earnestly loyal as the big-eared pachyderm in Horton Hears a Who!; and Walter Matthau plays the curmudgeon for How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. All tapes are accompanied by paperback versions of the books. In the works: The Lorax, with the voice of Ted Danson. Random House also offers most of Seuss' Beginner Books in tape-and-paperback sets, including Green Eggs and Ham and Dr. Seuss's ABC.

Also for young readers: Random House's five Beginner Book Videos with still pictures and narration, including The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Hop on Pop. (Each video contains the title selection and additional Seuss stories.) CBS/Fox has seven animated videos, including The Lorax and The Grinch Grinches the Cat in the Hat.

Next year, Seuss is expected to hit the big screen with the movie version of Oh, the Places You'll Go! (the book has spent more than a year on the New York Times best-seller list). The animated film, for which Theodor Geisel is writing the screenplay, is being developed for Tri-Star Pictures. Although Geisel has received three Academy Awards for his documentary movie work (and a non-Seuss cartoon), this is the first of his books to be made into a motion picture.

Originally posted May 31, 1991 Published in issue #68 May 31, 1991 Order article reprints
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