Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Book Review

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Book Review

I think it is because I am very interested in the world of art, particularly paintings, that I listened carefully to a recent CBC radio story about the Dr. Seuss book Horse Museum, which was released posthumously in 2019. 

It was a fascinating story as this was a book found decades after Theodor Seuss Geisel, who wrote as Dr. Seuss, had passed away. The manuscript was discovered in a box that for whatever reason missed being sorted through at the time of his death and was only discovered in 2013.

Pages from Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Book Review

This book is a different type of book for author and artist Dr. Seuss in that it does not feature rhymes like so many of his other books and it is also one of the few books that he wrote that is non-fictional in nature and not intended to help children with their reading skills. Instead, the goal of this book is to help children learn about looking at and creating art and yes, there's something to be learned within the covers of this book for adults, too.

Horse Museum looks at how artists have painted horses over the years. The choice of horses was not because Seuss was fascinated by horses but because he knew many artists have painted them and he had to choose a theme that provided lots of artwork to learn by. 

Art from Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum

Within the cover are many horse-themed pieces by famous artists like Picasso, George Stubbs, Rosa Bonheur, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Deborah Butterfield, Franz Marc and Jackson Pollock. While learning about horses, you and your child will also be discovering information about how artists create pictures and about how to observe art.

Suess did not do the illustrations for this book. His found manuscript was not finished but rather a guide to what his idea for the book was with rough sketches in place. Illustrator Andrew Joyner was brought in to illustrate the book with the caveat that the illustrations must be somewhat Seuss like but yet still represent the artist’s style. Throughout the book you will see Joyner's illustrations blended with illustrations from real works of art. 

Art from Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum Book

A fun bonus in the book is that you will see cameo appearances of the characters we know and love from Dr. Seuss books. Those guests include the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Horton the Elephant. 


Here’s the official book trailer for this adorable children’s book. Fair warning, you may want to buy this book for the children in your life once you watch this trailer.

Anyone, child or otherwise, who loves Dr. Seuss and who wants to learn about art and horses will enjoy this book. Find your copy of Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum on Amazon by clicking here.

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  1. Dr. Seuss is fabulous! I'm sorry we didn't get to have this book during my own children's childhood. They loved his books, and subsequently the movies that depicted them. I love the examples of this books illustrations that you have shown. I have no doubt children, and adults alike, will love the Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum.

    1. It's a fun look into the world of art and I love the idea of introducing children to the world of art through its pages. I agree, it would have been good to have it for our own children.

  2. Oh I have a granddaughter who loves to draw horses......this would be right up her alley so to speak. Thanks Brenda for shedding light on a Dr. Suess book that I'm sure will please the heck out of one of my girls.

    1. And, as I said on Facebook, your other granddaughter may like it too and learn about art even if she is not as into drawing as the other.

  3. What a fantastic discovery. I have a grown daughter who is an artist - and a lifelong fan of Dr. Seuss. This would be the perfect gift for her.

    1. Yes, it does sound like the perfect gift idea for your daughter!

  4. I am a huge fan of Dr. Seuss's work. What a treasure to have discovered among his effects, and how wonderful to have brought the manuscript to Andrew Joyner so it could be fully realized for publication!

  5. Love Dr. Seuss ! What a great find, thank you for bringing this book to our attention!

  6. That was fascinating. A great find indeed. This is an ideal gift for a family or a collector. I gotta get one!

  7. Wow! What a change of pace for one of my all-time favorite children's books authors. I had no idea Dr. Seuss had gone in this direction for his last book. I must read it and share it. Thank you for bringing this learning and teaching opportunity to my attention. Appreciated!

  8. You are all welcome. I agree, it is a great book that will prove helpful to introducing children and Seuss fans to the art world!


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