The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
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The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

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The haughty ruler of Didd, King Derwin (who would foolishly go on to summon green goo from the sky in his later years) showed the first signs of his silly self-importance back in this 1938 Seuss classic, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

When Bartholomew visits town one day, selling cranberries at the market for his parents, the King's procession screeches to a halt in

Paperback, 56 pages
Published 1992 by Collins (first published 1938)
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Since I was 6, just learning to read on my own and going through my Dr. Suess phase, this has been my favorite Dr. Seuss story. What didn't occur to me then, that occurs to me now, is that this is one of Dr. Seuss's only prose works. It does not have Dr. Seuss's easily parodied meter or a rhyme scheme.

I don't know what the meaning of the story is. If it has an overall meaning, its not nearly as easy to tease out as so many of Seuss's openly allegorical and more famous tales. Perhaps that's part...more
“The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” is one of Dr. Seuss’ earlier books as it is not written in the rhyming text that Dr. Seuss has been well known for. “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins” is about a young boy named Bartholomew Cubbins who discovers that everytime he takes a hat off his head, a new one sprouts up on his head, which cause trouble for him when the king finds out about it. This book may be a bit too dark for smaller children, but older children will definitely enjoy this classic...more
I read this children book at the age of 24. Quite late, but I'm not from US. I first heard about Dr. Seuss, when I become consciously intrested in American literature and culture. Why I decided to read book for children? Because I heard that his books cause, that quite a lot of children were fond of reading. The final two reasons to read this book were that I found downloadable version of book (it wasn't published in Poland) and curiosity. I looked for the answer why Jared Leto directed his musi...more
Fun! I may have read this one when I was young, but I didn't remember most of the details - except maybe when the hats started getting fancier with each one. I seemed to remember that.

I wanted an explanation for why Bartholomew suddenly couldn't take off his hat, but I did like that it was brought up again in the end, that no one "could ever explain how the strange thing had happened. They only could say it just 'happened to happen' and was not very likely to happen again."

This is one of the lo...more
Lauren Ritcey
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Grade Level: K-2
Comments: I would use this book while celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. I would bring it in because it has such a fun idea to the story, and the students would be able to keep guessing what would happen next. After we finished reading, I would have them complete an activity showing me that they can put the story in order of what happened, because it is a long book. This book can also let the students get creative and use art skills. Having them all mak...more
Jack Kirby and the X-man
The first straight prose book I've read by Dr. Seuss.

I found it too long, too wordy, with a unoriginal setting and a plot that is uninspiring.

After starting the the fantastic And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, Dr. Seuss seems to have had a bad case of follow-up album not meeting expectations.
Jan 03, 2012 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: ANY and EVERY one
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
I simply ADORE this book. Bartholomew just can't seem to catch a break! He takes his hat off in the presence of the king only to be taken to the castle for not doing so. What is up with that? Could it possibly be the fact that he just can't take off his hat? OR is it because one keeps appearing underneath every one he takes off. The hats are so pretty and they keep getting more & more eye-catching. One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books ever!!! =)
Author/Illustrator: Dr Seuss
First Published: 1938

A prose (rather than rhyme) long picture book with primarily monotone illustrations highlighting the red hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Seuss addresses class, power tyranny and rivalry with numbers - highlighting numeracy.

Funny and engaging, we enjoyed it.

But it isn't your typical Seuss.

Read aloud: 5+
Read yourself: 7+

Seuss wiki: http://...more
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Jordan Brown
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
Author: Dr. Seuss
Reading Level: Ages 6-10

Seuss, Dr. (1938). The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins New York: Vanguard Press

This story takes place in the fantastical land called Didd, ruled by King Derwin. It follows the story of a boy, Bartholomew, his many hats, and a very angry king.

This book is one of Seuss' early works, thus it is not quite as polished, nor memorable as some of his later books; however, it's still a wonderful tale. It's whimsical, silly, and s...more
Steve Shilstone
When I read this in my oh so early youth and witnessed the hats becoming fancier and fancier, I was delighted.
Jan 03, 2012 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Alexandria King
Wonderful book!!!....absolutely wonderful, I just can't seem to get enough =)
Although this is a children's book by Dr. Seuss this is not an "early Reader". This was, perhaps, one of the longest children's books I've read, chapter books notwithstanding.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is the story of a young boy who is on his way to the market to sell cranberries harvested from his family's bog, and is stopped on his way due to the procession of the king's court. As the king passes by he notices that Bartholomew has neglected to take off his hat, and insists that he d...more
Shanna Gonzalez
A magical tale about a boy whose hats begin to multiply when he attempts to remove them in respect for his king. The king takes great umbrage at Bartholomew's seeming disrespect, and everyone goes to great lengths in the attempt to render him hatless. The story is enjoyable, with a great use of wordplay and suspense in building to a crescendo. The respectful, innocent boy makes a nice hero as he endeavors to remove the mysteriously multiplying hats, and his actions do lead to a happy ending.

"The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins" is about a poor boy named Bartholomew who lived in the Kingdom of Didd. One day when he went into town, the King was passing so Bartholomew took his hat off because it was customary to do so. Yet, when he took off his hat, another one quickly appeared on his head. The King noticed that his hat was not off and very angrily demanded that he removed it.Bartholomew attempted to take off his hat again and yet another hat appeared in its place. The King ordered th...more
Matthew Hunter
Prose? By Dr. Seuss? Yep. And all the illustrations are black and white pencil sketches, with the exception of Bartholomew Cubbins' 500 hats, which stand out in bright red. It's an appropriate color scheme, seeing as Bartholomew's hat is the main protagonist in the story.

Two picture books into his illustrious career, it's already obvious that Dr. Seuss has a soft spot for the least powerful beings in a given society, and a healthy disdain for those who would rule over them. The 500 Hats of Barth...more
One day Bartholomew Cubbins is at the market selling cranberries for his parents, and the royal procession halts in front of him. The haughty King Derwin leans out of his coach and demands that Bartholomew take his hat off. Bartholomew alreaddy has a hat in his hand, but looking up, an iddenticle one rests on his head!
"Sieze him!" orders King Derwin, and Bartholomew is dragged off to the palace.

There, the boy is forced to do all manners of ridicouls things in an attenpt to get his hat off his h...more

Magic, a curse?
And all keeping score,
of those 500 hats
Bartholomew wore.

OK, that's not in the book, just a plot summary I made up on the fly in homage to the usual Seuss style, but in fact this very wordy Seuss book is one of the few (mostly) non-rhyming prose books he did; a very early work with black-and-white pencil illustrations brightened only by the redness of Cubbins' pointy feathered caps. The story is a surreal one of inexplicable replication - a force standing in the way of royal decoru...more
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss, is by far my least favorite of his books that I've read. It is entirely way too long, just to tell about a boy who has a hat on his head and when he tries to take it off, another one appears. As an adult, I didn't have the attention span to sit through someone reading this book to me. I can't see there being many kids who could sit through the entire thing either.

Seuss, D. () The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
A funny thing happens when Bartholomew Cubbins encounters King Derwin: he is unable to remove his hat! Everytime he pulls a hat from his head, another appears in its place. King Derwin is furious at this show of disrespect and take things to drastic measures by ordering Bartholomew's execution! Just as Bartholomew is steps away from his death the hats start becoming more ornate and the 500th hat is the finest of all. King Derwin offers to buy the hat and Bartholomew's life is spared and his life...more
Mark Baker
Bartholomew Cubbins is in town to sell some cranberries for his parents when the king passes by. Bartholomew takes off his hat, only another one is there. How will he be able to remove his hat and keep from getting killed? A bit dark for a Seuss book, but one that older pre-schools will enjoy.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Kevin and I enjoyed this book. The hard thing is that it's surprisingly long, which doesn't bother Kevin, but I start to have a hard time by the end after reading it aloud for so long. Heidi loses interest pretty quickly. (I go out of my way to pick the wordy children's books because they tend to have better story lines, so it's saying something that I think this book is long!)
Jingqiu Chen
A nice Dr. Seuss book for advanced beginner readers. Quite imaginative on the hat part, and the concept of bully is very clearly conveyed. The only thing I concern is the King ordered the boy's head to be chopped off, and when he failed on that one, his next plan was to push the boy off the highest turrets. Does it go a little bit too far or just me being over sensitive?
Advanced 3rd Grade or 4th Grade

This is one of Dr. Seuss' longer books. I gave it three stars because the story is predictable, and entertaining enough to hold the reader's attention to the end. The vocabulary is controlled. It is a challenging easy reader because of the lack of white space on the page. The word count in this story is similar to some easy chapter books, like Mercy Watson. I thought that this book would not be as good as others because of the high amount of words on each page. I t...more
Aug 17, 2011 Lynn rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: great book for boys
As much of a Seuss fan as I am, this is one book I had not read until tonight when I read it to my son. Yes, it does not have his usual Seuss style we all grew to love, and yes, it is a long read. But, there is a great story in this book that was enjoyable for me to read and for my son to listen to. Even though it did not have a number of picture, while reading this book I could see the scenes in my head as I was reading it to my son. According to the copyright, it was written in 1938, and I can...more
Written in a time of widespread political autocratic dictatorships, this book graphically depicts the abuse of power in a humorous way that also teaches numbers! This book is more wordy and less poetic than most of his. But Seuss always seems to find a way to teach a moral and practical lesson.
Herbie Behm
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss was a very good book. When I first started reading it I had to double check that it was in fact Dr. Seuss because it was not written in his normal poetry style. Rather this book was written in prose. This honestly did take away a little of the expected excitement with the classic Dr. Seuss artwork I was expecting the usual Dr. Seuss experience. Not to say this wasn't a good book but when I read Dr. Seuss, I expect the usual set up. Unlike the hips...more
Mar 18, 2013 Dolly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2013, childrens
In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday and the Read Aloud America program, I wanted to find one of his books we hadn't read yet. I checked Goodreads and realized that we still had several more to read. So I borrowed a few of them from our local library and we chose this one tonight.

This story is different from what we've come to expect from the good doctor. The narrative is long and it doesn't rhyme. It's not filled with fantastic, crazy creatures. It's actually one of the most straightforward stories...more
Alix Centner
In this very early Dr. Seuss book, Bartholomew goes into the town center to sell berries, but as the king passes by in his carriage, he stops to scold Bart for not removing his hat. The king goes on to make Bart endure a spew of events to try to remove his hat from using magic to almost chopping his head off. The pictures in this book look to be pencil drawn with the only color being red- the hats. It makes sense that the hats are the only objects to have color because they are the main focus of...more
An enjoyable tale of a young man whose hat has a seemingly eternal life of its own, spawning hat after hat and getting him into trouble with the king. I like these early Seuss books in which a simple story is told well and in a prose style; sometimes the rhyming and the weird and wonderful creatures featured in most of Seuss's books can be all a bit too much.
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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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