Friday, March 02, 2012

The Lorax Oddaptation (a re-issue)


It's been a long time since I've posted or re-posted an Oddaptation here. For the record, Oddaptations are kinda SparkNotes of picture books... except they're in rhyme and with a "pointed point of view."

Since today is Dr. Seuss's birthday (and Read Across America Day) AND the movie version of the Lorax is coming out, re-issuing this Oddaptation from the vaults seems appropriate:

THE LORAX
by Dr. Seuss
Oddaptation by Gregory K.

The Lorax -- bossy, loud and rude --
Says to Onceler, “Listen, dude,
You’ve turned air all black and funky.
You’ve made ponds turn thick and gunky.
Trees are gone and now there’s weeds...
And no one needs your ugly thneeds.”
The Lorax doesn’t offer help.
All he does is moan and yelp.
Soon he’s overcome with stress,
And leaves behind one word: Unless.
Time goes on as time must do.
Onceler finally gets a clue.
When he’s learned he misbehaved,
He tosses you the seed he’s saved.
I say put it in your pocket
Then inside a safe and lock it.
Cuz if a forest blooms anew...
That Lorax will come back here, too.

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11 comments:

Books4Learning said...

Thanks for sharing this poem. The Lorax is my favorite Seuss book.

Author Amok said...

I prefer reading your poem to seeing the new movie. Ugh. I do love these poems that looks at a classic story from a new angle.

Linda at teacherdance said...

I'm glad you resurrected this because I didn't know about your oddaptations, and of course like Dr. Seuss, so clever. I like when others 'speak' to a book or poem, and this is a good retort! Thanks!

Doraine Bennett said...

Delightful! I'm so glad you brought it out again. A perfect birthday gift.

david elzey said...

ah yes, takes a onceler to make a lorax, and vice versa

fun, moreso than that movie, i gotta say.

Gregory K. said...

Thanks, y'all. And David, I haven't seen the movie yet, so all I'll say for sure is that this Oddaptation takes less time than the film :-)

Heather said...

Wonderful! Thanks for the laugh.

Roxyanne Young said...

You're one of the most gifted people I know. And I know a lot of really gifted people.

Mary Lee said...

Love your Oddaptations! I think I'll share some with my students as Mentor Texts to get them thinking about trying that kind of writing themselves!

(Did I tell you that they are enjoying reading your Kickstarter poetry on the classroom Kindle? :-)

Gregory K. said...

Thanks, Mary Lee. You know I love to hear that (both parts of "that" actually)! And Roxyanne - you're not only too kind but you've also given me a reason to have my mom read my blog and specifically this post! :-)

laurasalas said...

Ha@