Originally Published: November 24, 1957
By: Dr. Seuss
A book that has inspired an animated television special, a feature-length live-action film, a feature-length animated film and even a Broadway musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a timeless book that can be enjoyed by young and old.
On Christmas Eve, the Grinch decides he’s had enough of the Whos and their love of Christmas. He devises and enacts a plan to pose as Santa Claus and steal all the presents, food and decorations leaving the Whos with an empty holiday.
The author uses this as a fun way to criticize the commercialization of a holiday that’s meant to be about family and friends. He designs a good villain – who here is not green but white like the rest of the characters – and concludes with a good resolution.
Final say: A Christmas miracle. ★★★★★