Book Review: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

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Earlier this summer, I decided to host a children’s book readathon in August 2018. All month long, we’re reading about a dozen books, then sharing reviews, interviews and feedback. This first week is ‘picture books’ and we voted on our top three books to read. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss is one of the winners. I read the book as a kid and wrote a review a few years ago, but I re-read this week and am sharing a second review.


Dr. Seuss has always been a favorite. This is the first time I’ve re-read one of his books since I’ve written and published a few of my own. I caught myself analyzing the book way too much while I was reading thinking some of the rhymes were stilted or forced. I would have changed a few words around and used a different rhyme choice. Then I slapped myself. This is such a fun book and I should sit back to enjoy it, not pick it apart! I rarely do that, so I’m not sure why it happened here… other than it’s such an amazing approach for helping kids (or adults!) deal with change in their life. I must have wanted to take it even further (farther? see, that’s why I shouldn’t judge!)… that’s when I got my head on straight and fell in love all over again with the book.

Life is hard. Bad things happen. You have to push past them or you’ll be unhappy and miss out. That’s the key message we need to understand from here. At graduation, or major life changes, kids worry that things might not work out. This is an opportunity to show how you learn from those fears and moments. I would love to listen to this one on audio just to hear all the noises and sounds of how the narrator thinks. The illustrations were fun and immersive. I definitely recommend this as a gift for those graduating from middle school or high school. It can also be read to younger kids to help them prepare.

This readathon is so much fun! I hope more folks will join. Thanks.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


33 thoughts on “Book Review: Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

    Colline said:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    I have written in so many copies of this book for students.

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    Books Teacup and Reviews said:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Great review, James!

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    Heidi M. Simone said:
    August 11, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Great review! I can see how, after publishing two books, that you would dissect books more now, lol. No worries, though, you have valid thoughts. I love your idea of giving a copy of this book to graduating middle school and high school students!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 11, 2018 at 9:32 AM

      thanks! sometimes I wish I could turn off the analytical part of my brain and just totally read for pleasure without thinking about changes! LOL

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        Heidi M. Simone said:
        August 13, 2018 at 2:38 AM

        Haha, I sometimes get like that for certain books. I have a little less control over when I become analytical and when I just enjoy a book. 😀

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    Andrick Schall said:
    August 11, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    This book is a classic. I got it from my folks after I graduated. Great book, and nice review!

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    Priyasha said:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Lovely review ❤

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    lauriewoodwardauthor said:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    As a teacher, I have read this one to my students time and again. I love how it inspires them to set off on their path, however crooked or silly it might be.

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    anne leueen said:
    August 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Good review James. Life is hard and the “helicopter ” parents don’t help with the adjustment to real life at all. I shall get a copy of this for the grandkids.

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    Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders said:
    August 11, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    A classic! Love the review.

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    August 11, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    I really enjoyed revising this fun book, Jay. I am enjoying the readathon.

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    scr4pl80 said:
    August 11, 2018 at 2:04 PM

    Great review. I never presume to think about changing the writer’s word choices. We gave this book to our daughter on her graduation from college. I’ll be posting my review later today. Thanks again for a great readathon.

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    Hannah Vernon said:
    August 11, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Keep writing! I love your reviews – they are inspirational!

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    Rae Longest said:
    August 11, 2018 at 8:36 PM

    Good job, Jay. I posted all three of the picture book reviews (a day late–sorry) on

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    Lisa@LismorePaper said:
    August 12, 2018 at 1:00 AM

    This is wonderful! I love Dr Seuss! 💗

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    Cozynookbks said:
    August 12, 2018 at 9:12 AM

    Further, farther 🤔 ….I don’t know either Jay, but I do the exact same thing when I’m writing and confused about how to use a word. 😊
    Thx for reviewing a Dr. Seuss book.

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    lisarey1990 said:
    August 15, 2018 at 7:06 AM

    Brilliant review!

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