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The Butter Battle Book

(1984)
A Picture Book by

 
 
A cautionary Cold War tale (first told by Dr. Seuss back in 1984), The Butter Battle Book still has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. Explaining the very serious differences between the Zooks and the Yooks, a Zook grandpa tells his grandchild the unspeakable truth: "It's high time that you knew of the terribly horrible thing that Zooks do. In every Zook house and every Zook town every Zook eats his bread with the butter side down!" He then recalls his days with the Zook-Watching Border Patrol, as he gave any Zook who dared come close "a twitch with my tough-tufted prickley Snick-Berry Switch." But when the Zooks fought back, the switches gave way to Triple-Sling Jiggers, then Jigger-Rock Snatchems--even a Kick-a-Poo Kid that was "loaded with powerful Poo-a-Doo Powder and ants' eggs and bees' legs and dried-fried clam chowder."

With lots of fun and more-than-fair digs at the runaway spending and one-upmanship of U.S.-Soviet days, The Butter Battle Book makes a chuckle-filled read whether you're old enough to get the historical references or not. (And with all the Bitsy Big-Boy Boomeroos still in service, this book's message is far from obsolete.) (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

Genre: Children's Fiction

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Hardback Editions

January 1984 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Butter Battle Book (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-88103-421-5 / 978-0-88103-421-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback Books
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April 1984 : UK Hardback
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Title: Butter Battle Book
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-195005-3 / 978-0-00-195005-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
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March 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Butter Battle Book- Signed Ltd Edition
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-86716-5 / 978-0-394-86716-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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February 1984 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Butter Battle Book (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-96580-9 / 978-0-394-96580-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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January 1984 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Butter Battle Book: (New York Times Notable Book of the Year) (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-394-86580-4 / 978-0-88103-421-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Paperback Editions

April 1984 : UK Paperback
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Title: Butter Battle Book
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-00-195006-1 / 978-0-00-195006-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Collins
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Audio Editions

May 1984 : USA Audio Cassette

Title: Butter Battle Book
Author(s): Dr Seuss
ISBN: 0-676-30900-3 / 978-0-676-30900-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amer School Pub
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Kindle Editions

November 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Butter Battle Book (Classic Seuss)
Author(s): Dr Seuss
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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