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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

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In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, join Bartholomew Cubbins in Dr. Seuss’s classic tale of one king’s magical mishap. Bored with rain, sun, fog, and snow, King Derwin of Didd summons his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. What he gets is a storm of sticky green globs called Oobleck, which soon causes a royal mess. But with...more
Hardcover, 56 pages
Published October 12th 1949 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1949)
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Joanna Sundby
It is my personal opinion that there is a Dr Seuss book for every possible situation. I have a hard time keeping them on hand, because I find so many people who need one. I use them as gifts in a hurry, as handy reference guides for all kinds of things, and as greeting cards ( well worth the extra postage, and the inside blank page up front gives you tons of writing space.)

This book is not only my favorite of all favorites in the Dr Seuss collection, it is also my preferred method for making up...more

“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...more
My niece had heard this Dr. Seuss book before; last year her school did a Dr. Seuss week, and over the course of that week they read so many Dr. Seuss books she actually came to rather loathe his stories. My nephew and I, I though, had never heard of this story.

I was actually pleasantly surprised by this book. It was almost totally devoid of Seussian rhymes (this is not always a bad thing, as far as I'm concerned), and the story itself was well written and interesting. I really enjoyed the chara...more
A lost classic. Certainly lost to me, I don't recall ever seeing this one and certainly not reading it. And yet this won a Caldecott Honor. A bit wordier than the later books - but absolutely tells a story and a pretty good one. And includes a King as the bad guy and good manners as the good guy.
Am I the only one who dreads having to read their child a Dr. Seuss book?
Dr. Seuss’s Bartholomew and the Oobleck, which was published in 1949 is a classic tale of how the smallest people who may seem like they don’t have the most authority or intelligence, end up saving the day. It gives moral lessons on many subtle things but one especially: realizing your mistakes and apologizing for them. It is about a King who wants something new and fun to fall from the sky, and what he gets is not exactly what the expectation was. I love this book because it taught me the impor...more
Shanna Gonzalez
A wonderful story about an arrogant king, introduced in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, who decides that he wants to rule the sky as well as the land, and brings down horror on his kingdom when his magicians cook up a dangerous, sticky new kind of precipitation. The story ends with Bartholomew, his page-boy, courageously speaking the truth to his foolish king, and the king's repentance brings about freedom for the land.

There are echoes of King David's deadly hubris (2 Samuel 24) in this sto...more
1950 Caldecott Honor

Favorite illustration: When Bartholomew steps outside the palace to see the full impact of the oobleck fallout.

Favorite line: The wizards rhymes--for example:

Shuffle, duffle, muzzle, muff.
Fista, wista, mista-cuff.
We are men of groans and howls,
Mystic men who eat boiled owls.
Tell us what you wish, oh King.
Our magic can do anything.

Kid-appeal: For someone who's used to the rhyming text of Dr. Suess, this was surprising to have a more traditional storybook, but I ended up li...more
Batholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss is book of fantasy. It is recommended for kids in 2nd grade and higher. I listened to this book being read on YouTube and it is great. King Derwin is angry with the sky for only having rain, snow, sunshine and fog. Bartholomew works in the Kingdom of Didd for the king and tells him king don't rule the sky. King Derwin asked the magicians to make it happen. Oobleck is nothing like rain, snow, fog or sunshine, it was green and gooey and got all over. The ki...more
Alana Graham
This is a relevant book to read before discussing polymers or the different states of matter with your students. I would recommend reading excerpts for the younger students, because this book is quite lengthy. This book also send the message that we should sometimes be content with the way things are. The king was greedy and wanted to rule the sky as well as the land showing that too much pride can be a bad thing. I would recommend this to a student who liked to boss others around with some cons...more
Mar 25, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is a great story by Dr. Seuss that is different from his normal books. It doesn't have the sing-songy rhyming narrative, and although the names and some things are a little silly, it's a fairly no-nonsense story. Our girls really liked it, especially because of the word, "Oobleck." They thought that was so funny.

I'm pretty sure I read this as a child, but it just didn't stick with me like some of his other stories...
I was a little daunted by the length and density of this less-familiar-to-me Dr. Seuss book, and was unsure about how much my first graders would understand or enjoy it. But, wanting to the a science activity about the "oobleck" was enough cause to read it to them, and I'm glad I did. The long text zoomed by because of the exciting story and dramatic rhythm. The kids had no trouble following it and staying engaged.
A Dr. Seuss book that doesn't rhyme! I like it. It's also one of the longer Dr. Seuss stories that is great for older students. And this is one of the three Dr. Seuss books to win a Caldecott Honor. I don't ever remember reading this one when I was young, but I wish I had! This is a very nice story about Bartholomew the page boy who tries to warn the King not to want something new to fall from the sky.
Such a cute story from Dr. Seuss that I didn't know about. My 6 year old loved this book and keeps asking me to read it again. This isn't your typical Green Eggs and Ham type of Dr. Seuss. This is much more of a narrative story with very little rhyming and a lot more meat to the story ( I thought). It's also quite long. I would think this is a great story for older Seuss fans and early readers.
I thought that this story was quite amusing. With a slightly unpredictable outcome you are left wondering if maybe the kingdom will perish underneath a great big pile of oobleck. I liked this book, you should check it out.

*Taken from my book reviews blog:
The other Bartholomew book has him working for the king, who has gotten bored with the weather and wants to see something new coming down from the sky.
With the help of the royal wizards, he gets his wish, but of course it goes horribly, weirdly wrong.

Fun little bit of fantasy. Would have liked for Suess to have done more Bartholomew books.
Our bedtime story last night, and at least ten others before. This time my eight year old read it to me. Dr. Seuss is timeless. I enjoy reading these stories as an adult and catching a whole level of irony just for the more mature and jaded. A bit like watching classics Looney Tunes now and getting the grown up joke.
There's always a limit to what you wish for. This book was good too, the story is a little bit longer than his usual works and less colors in illustrations, but the writing and the morality behind is worth it.
Caldecott Honor, 1950. Favorite Illustration: When Bartholomew blows the King's secret whistle for the magicians to come. I love the light filtering around the room from the lantern and the shafts of light on the magicians coming up the stairs. I also adore the little mouse who looks scared to see all of the magicians coming towards him.
The King is bored with all of the same weather in his kingdom. So he calls his magicians together and commands them to come up with something. The next day, gree...more
Lauren Allen
This story is about a king who wants to see something fall from the sky that nobody has ever seen. He calls on his magicians to make this happen which causes chaos in the kingdom, resolved by the persistence of his server and good manners.

I like the moral of the story and the illustrations are fun and with the characters having animated expressions.

I read this to year 3 children and they really enjoyed it. I would read it to younger children but not older.

This could be used in the classroom alon...more
I thought this book was Dr Seuss doing a children's story for Alfred Hitchcock. It's a cross between the fable Emperor's New Clothes and Hitchcock's The Birds. But use Nickelodeon green slime instead of birds. I actually thought little kids might find this scary or distressing. I don't know if I'd make this one a bedtime story for a sensitive child; I could see it causing nightmares. I was a little distressed and I'm an aldult. I wonder how this was recieved when it came out in 1949?

But Dr Seuss...more
This was one of my favorite of the longer Dr. Seuss books when I was a child.
This book is definately not my favorite work by Dr. Seuss. It is not your classic silly, rhyming, play on words Dr. Seuss that we all know and love. It actually tells a story about Bartholomew and the self-centered king who wants to have something in his kingdom that no one else has. This thing turns out to be oobleck, which becomes a nightmare for the kingdom. Although this would not be my first choice among Dr. Suess books, this is a great book for introducing a science experiment to young chi...more
Linda Martin
Mar 06, 2013 Linda Martin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all children everywhere
Recommended to Linda by: my mother
My mother gave me a copy of this book when I was a child, so I've read it many, many times. Not recently. I'm not sure if I still have this book, but the last time I saw it, the book was falling apart from having been read so much. My older children must remember reading it too... it was a family favorite.

Bartholomew Cubbins was an innocent page boy in the court of an ambitious king. He wanted something new... perhaps he was an excitement junkie. However when his crazy magicians developed Ooblec...more
The King has grown tired of the normal sorts of weather that forms in the skies and order his magicians to create something new. The magicians create oobleck, a great green gooey mass much like glue that rains from the skies and takes over the kingdom. Fed up, Bartholomew confronts the king and suggests he offer his apologies for the mess he's put his kingdom in. With a simple "I'm sorry" the oobleck begins to melt and the kingdom returns to normal. Illustrations are black and white with green o...more
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Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a story about King Derwin wanting the weather to do something different. He wants something other than rain, snow, fog, or sunshine. The king’s magicians cast a spell that caused oobleck to fall from the sky. Oobleck is a very sticky green slime that created havoc throughout the kingdom. Dr. Suess once again shows a great display of his use of odd words and original illustrations. I believe the moral of this story is that you should not take what you have for grant...more
Different concept - why would anyone wish for "green slime?" I guess the king didn't, but that's what came instead. Very boring for younger children, all the pictures are black and white - the only color is green...when the people get "slimed." Okay, so it may not be boring for younger children, but it was boring for me because I like a lot of colored pictures in my children's books.

The King dislikes the rain, snow, and fog. He asks his magicians to change rain, snow and fog to something differe...more
Bartholomew and the Oobleck is a Caldecott Honor fantasy book for intermediate readers. This story is about a boy named Bartholomew who works for a King who decides he is no longer happy with the weather...rain,snow,sun...and wants new weather. He calls in magicians to make new weather: oobleck. Unfortunately, the magicians do not know what oobleck is or how to make it, so Bartholomew tries to help. They eventually figure out how to make oobleck, but they make too much and have to figure out how...more
I remember loving listening to a creepy recording of this story when I was a kid, so I decided to check it out with Miles. I didn't remember much, except the magicians are kind of a spooky-odd and there is a lot of green goo. I was surprised at a couple things: unlike other Seuss books, this one does not rhyme. However, the good Dr is a fantastic story teller, so not much lost there. Also, it is very long--it took almost 20 minutes to read! Miles is into longer stories right now and less reliant...more
Bartholomew is a page to the king who is tired of the rain, fog, sun, and snow coming from from his sky. He wants something different so he charges his magicians to come up with something new and it is Oobleck, which becomes more invasive the longer it comes down until it is coating any and everything and is sticking. Everyone is immobilized, except Bartholomew.
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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