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Saturday 1 October 2011

My Fave Dr Seuss Book: Jackie Small

Like all of us, when I think of Dr. Seuss I think of wacky rhymes, but the one Dr. Seuss book that always comes to mind is Wacky Wednesday.

As a child this was my favourite book. I read this book religiously for two years. I’d hide away from my siblings and read it on my own, finding palm trees in toilets and crocodiles in prams. I could do that easily with Wacky Wednesday. 

As a six year old, still learning to read independently, it was an enjoyable read with lots of repetitive words and rhyme and a huge focus on the visual element of the story. It wasn’t filled with Seuss-invented words that I needed my parents’ help to read and pronounce.

Silly I know, but there was a part of me that believed the story.  Each Wednesday during Grade 4 as I would get ready for school, I’d hope that it would be a wacky day for me. I finally gave up on waking to a Wacky Wednesday and instead decided to pay homage to the book by proclaiming that every Wednesday would be Opposite Day for my friends and I. We’d say words that were opposite in meaning to what we intended. The whole class played along and it certainly felt wacky to me. It went on for a few weeks until our teacher grew frustrated with the game.

Like all favourite childhood books, Wacky Wednesday has found a place in my adult home. My daughter and I have fun together as we look for the wacky things to find on each page. 

Looking back I can see why I was attracted to Wacky Wednesday. I’ve got quite a visual memory and I’m easily bothered by asymmetry. It wasn’t hard for me to find the peculiarities on each page, but fun nonetheless. 

Jackie is the founder of My Little Bookcase - where you can read more about her complete obsession with children's book and literacy.