Saturday, September 21, 2013

[BOOK REVIEW] Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss

Title:  Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Author:  Dr. Seuss

Genre: Humor / Fantasy

Year Published: 1949

Year Read: 2006

Series: Bartholomew

Publisher: Random House

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 5+ (Some Intense Scenes)

 “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” is the sequel to Dr. Seuss’ timeless classic “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” and is about how King Derwin wanted to create a weather that has never been created and ends up disastrous results.  “Bartholomew and the Oobleck” is definitely a classic tale that children will enjoy for many years.

 Dr. Seuss’ story is exciting and creative at the same time, especially during the scenes where Bartholomew tries to warn everyone about the oobleck covering the town.  Even though the story is not written in Dr. Seuss’ typical rhyming text, the story is still creative enough for kids to enjoy.  Dr. Seuss’ illustrations are as creative as ever, especially as the illustrations are mainly in black and white with the exception of the oobleck which is in green which gives true effectiveness to the story making the oobleck a threat to the people in the kingdom.

“Bartholomew and the Oobleck” is definitely one of Dr. Seuss most exciting books ever created and will definitely keep many children interested in this book.  I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since it might be too long for smaller children to read.
 * 1950 Caldecott Honor

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