'Daisy-Head Mayzie' is Published

Daisy-Head Mayzie is a children’s story written by Dr. Suess.

This comical tale tells the story of young Mayzie McGrew, who has a daisy growing out of her head! Told in the familiar rhyming style of Dr. Suess, the book describes the girl’s growing fame and subsequent sadness as she goes farther away from her family and friends, eventually learning that closeness with those she loves is more important than having it all. By dropping its petals in the old-fashioned assonance of “they love me, they love me not,” the daisy shows the child that her family still loves her.

The book was published in January 1995, a little over four years after the death of Dr. Suess, and is still a much-loved story today. Seuss wrote this book, but did not illustrate it.

While the premise and concluding moral are all Seuss, the posthumous execution falls flat. Much of the text lacks the snap and panache of standard Seuss verse, and the artwork-extrapolated from Seuss sketches-seems off-kilter too. The economy of line of his best work gives way here to clutter, and the colors combine heavily and sometimes even harshly. One great success is the daisy itself, which conveys much human emotion through its stalk, leaves and petals.