I am not a big Dr Seuss fan, but I was forced by my 4 children to read the original book many, many times. It was their favourite ABC book. Now I am reading to my one year old granddaughter, and bought the board book for sturdiness. The first time I read it to her, I was tripping and stumbling over the words-the cadence and rhythm of the original is completely mangled. I went and bought the hardcover for reading purposes and she can have the board book for looking at on her own.
Definitely get the original version. I loved the idea of one reviewer to buy several cheap used ones in case of mishaps.