The Butter Battle Book

The Butter Battle Book

Book - 1984
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Engaged in a long-running battle, the Yooks and the Zooks develop more and more sophisticated weaponry as they attempt to outdo each other.
Published: New York : Random House, c1984.
ISBN: 9780394965802
Branch Call Number: E/SEU
Characteristics: [48] p. :,col. ill. ;,29 cm.


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coloradobuck May 02, 2018

I'm pretty sure this has been the best explanation I have ever received as to why war is pointless and ridiculous. I relearned some life lessons the world still needs to hear. As valid today as it was in 1984. And told in a style only Dr. Seuss could pull off. Helps you see how pointless it is to not just let people be who they are.

Aug 18, 2017

Probably one of the rare times author went political & dark on the follies of war.
Great metaphor on the cold war & the two superpowers.
Cliffhanger ending appropriate.
Slight problem on lack of diplomacy.
Hubris by population until the end was just right.

Sep 20, 2015

One of my childhood favourites! The silliness escalates in classic Dr. Seuss rhyme, weapons get more and more ridiculous and wondrous. I stared at these pages for hours. And it has a dark but useful message in the end; respect your neighbours, even if they are different, and don't be afraid to be the one to walk away sometimes.

Jul 22, 2015

Well that escalated quickly. I had no idea Dr. Seuss was so dark and creepy. This apocalyptic nightmare scared me. I think I'll read the Stand for the third time just to wash the bad taste out of my soul.

May 01, 2011

A good story for little kids.

Nov 19, 2010

The ending was really unusual, but for kids the usual Dr. Suess rhyming and word play is fun.

Mar 03, 2010

DO NOT GET THIS FOR YOUR KIDS. Despite the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote it, it is NOT a kid's book. It is a thinly veiled diatribe against arms proliferation. While I agree with his point of view, it's not what I had in mind when I decided to get more Dr. Seuss to read to my 3 year old. I thought I'd find something similar to the all-play-ball-on-wall part of Hop in Pop. Ended up with guns, soldiers, and wars, etc. which I did not feel like trying to explain to him. The ending, with the 2 sides sending their populations into underground bunkers while suicide-soldiers were poised to bomb each other, was just appalling. Of course, it's my fault for not reviewing a summary before getting it, but I didn't want another parent to make that mistake, hence this comment.


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