Daisy-Head Mayzie

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Daisy-Head Mayzie
Daisy Head Mayzie.jpg
Original cover
Dr. Seuss
IllustratorJoe Mathieu (uncredited) (original print)
with illustrations based on the sketches by:
the author (reprint)
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren's literature
PublisherRandom House
Publication date
January 11, 1995 (original)
July 5, 2016 (republished)
Media typePrint (Hardcover and paperback)
[E] 20
LC ClassPZ8.3.G276 Dai 1994
Preceded byOh, the Places You'll Go! 
Followed byThe Secret Art of Dr. Seuss 

Daisy-Head Mayzie is a children's book written by Dr. Seuss and illustrated in his style. It was published in 1995, as Seuss's first posthumous book. It was republished on July 5, 2016 with Seuss's original drawings.


The book is about a 12-year-old warmhearted schoolgirl named Mayzie who one day suddenly sprouts a bright white daisy from her head. It causes alarm in her classroom, family, and town, until an agent makes her a celebrity. The Cat in the Hat who serves as the narrator to this story helps Mayzie to understand her problem and persuade her to go back home. The book has a mini-song titled "Daisy-Head Mayzie" which her classmates chant.


In 1995, prior to its actual publication, the book was adapted into a special for television on TNT. The special, which was produced by Hanna-Barbera, can be found as a bonus feature on the Horton Hears a Who! Deluxe Edition DVD.

In 2011, Daisy-Head Mayzie was made a meetable character at Seuss Landing at Universal's Islands of Adventure.


Differences in the 2016 edition[edit]

In 2016, after the popularity of What Pet Should I Get?, the book was republished with Seuss' original text and illustrations. As such, there are several differences between the editions.

  • The Cat in the Hat does not appear as the narrator.
  • The characters are all designed differently and are given normal hairstyles, as opposed to the wild hairstyles in the 1995 edition.
  • The principal is named Grumm instead of McGrumm.
  • Instead of catching all of the bees in his hat, the police officer puts a fishbowl over Mayzie's head to protect her from the bees.
  • Mrs. McGrew is a housewife instead of a welder.
  • The plot in which the agent gives Mayzie a contract to be rich and famous is completely absent.
  • Because of the absence of the Cat in the Hat, the daisy instead assures Mayzie that everyone loves her, and her flight with the Cat on the flying umbrella is not present.

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