Bartholomew & The Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

bartholomew and the oobleckBartholomew & the Oobleck (1949), written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss, was a nice read. I don’t know how I never ending up reading this book, but I never did until this May. I read it to my class. We were supposed to make the oobleck but ended up running out of time. That’s okay ’cause I will make this one of my first science experiments when I return to work. I would recommend this book for children as young as 4 years old. Now, on to the review.

The story begins:

They still talk about it in the Kingdom of Didd as The-Year-the-King-Got-Angry-with-the-Sky. And they still talk about the page boy, Bartholomew Cubbins. If it hadn’t been for Bartholomew Cubbins, that King and that Sky would have wrecked that little Kingdom.

As usual, stories are about silly rulers who shouldn’t be rulers at all. The same holds true for this story. The king is so silly, he’s growling @ the sky. He’s actually mad about what comes down from the sky.

In the springtime when rain came down, he growled.

In the summer time when the sun shined, he growled at that.

In autumn when the fog came down, he growled at that.

In winter, when the snow came down, he became furious. So mad was he at those same four things that he commissioned his Royal magicians to create something NEW.

Does he really know what he’s asking for? Do the Royal Magicians create something new?

Of course they do. It’s called Oobleck.

What is Oobleck? This is oobleck (click here).

What happens with the oobleck is for me to know and you to find out. Go pick it up @ your local library or bookstore if you wanna’ find out.


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