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How the Grinch Stole Christmas In Latin Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in Latin Language

Just in time for Christmas! Change your tradition of reading the How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Quomodo Invidiosulus Nomine Grinchus Christi Natalem Abrogaverit or How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Latin Edition)

The book contains the same imagery as the original text along with the addition of a self contained Latin dictionary for vocabulary. Interestingly, the Latin title literally means: “How the little envious one by the name Grinch stole Christmas [birthday of Christ]. It is an interesting theme to set at the beginning of the book. The original does not touch on the theme that the Grinch acts the way he does from envy. The film with Jim Carrey depicts a very different Grinch that acts out of vengeance rather than envy. However, it does set an interesting tone  for the book.

“Quomodo Invidiosulus nomine GRINCHUS Christi natalem Abrogaverit (The Latin version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas) features Dr. Seuss’ original artwork and a translation that echoes the love of word play and the rhythmic narrative of the world’s best-selling author of children’s books. Jennifer Morrish Tunberg and Terence O. Tunberg recreate the enchanting poetry of the English original.”

The book is a great addition to any Latinist enthusiast or Classicist. It is a great tool for youngsters learning the language; especially if they are familiar with original book or film. This is also a great book to keep up your Latin so it doesn’t get rusty over the Winter Break.

“An excellent addition to Seuss collections the world over, this Latin edition of this Christmas classic is delightful way to revisit a treasured tale. Quomodo Invidiosulus nomine GRINCHUS Christi natalem Abrogaverit will be a welcome all-occasion gift, a fine coffee table book, and an enjoyable way to refresh your high-school Latin.”


“Fortasse” inquit “Laetitia diei festi
ex ipsis munderibus non proficiscitur
fortasse,” inquit Grinchus,
“Laetitia diei festi
non est res empticia
non rest res quaestuosa!”


“Maybe Christmas,” the Grinch thought
“doesn’t come from a store.
Maybe Christmas
….means a little more!”

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