IF I RAN the ZOO by Dr. Seuss (1st Edition) 1950

IF I RAN the ZOO by Dr. Seuss (1st Edition) 1950


IF I RAN THE ZOO. By Dr. Seuss, Published by Random House, 1950.


Children's Classic Fiction Book

Vintage from the 1950s


When young Gerald McGrew visits the zoo, he discovers that the exotic animals are "not good enough." He says that if he ran the zoo, he would set all of the current animals free and find new, more bizarre and exotic ones. Throughout the book he lists these creatures, starting with a lion with ten feet and escalating to more imaginative (and imaginary) creatures, such as the Fizza-ma-Wizza-ma-Dill, "the world's biggest bird from the island of Gwark, who eats only pine trees, and spits out the bark."


The illustrations also grow wilder as McGrew imagines going to increasingly remote and exotic habitats, capturing each fanciful creature, and bringing them all back to a zoo now filled with his new wild animals. He also imagines the praise he receives from others, who are amazed at his "new Zoo, McGrew Zoo".


Hardcover. Red cover with white title & illustration. Inner text block just slightly shaken with some corner tip/light edge rub marks. Owner name at inside front free endpaper. One tiny pin sized hole mark through spine cover edge and lightly into front of book & front pages. Just over 12 x 9. Color Illustrated. 




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