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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

(Bartholomew Cubbins)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,567 ratings  ·  397 reviews
An ooey-gooey, green oobleck was not exactly what the king had in mind when he ordered something extra-special from his royal magicians.
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published 1976 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1949)
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[Shai] Bibliophage
I still haven't read the The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, so I cannot compare this sequel to the aforementioned story. But for this follow-up, the lessons about having a sincere apology and on admitting his fault really makes a big difference. Being contented in life is another great lesson that this children's story book wants to impart to everyone. ...more
Joanna Sundby
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, childrens
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

“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. Eve
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Pretty good story about a mad king abusing his power and trying to take on the weather. To the king rain, wind, snow and sun are all pretty boring so he gets his creepy magicians to conjure up something new. So they create Oobleck which creates all sorts of problems for the king, turns out there is no hope unless the king takes responsibilities for his actions.

Dr Seuss teaches us in this book that when it's raining green sticky stuff always blame the king.
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
A few weeks ago, I texted to my boyfriend about the wintry mix falling during my walk home from the subway station, and called it "oobleck." He responded with "???" It transpired that despite having been a child and later raising children*, he has somehow managed to avoid all Dr. Seuss books. So naturally I had to read this aloud to him. (During which he fell asleep despite my scintillating read-aloud abilities. Humph.)

As an adult, I'd 3-star this for the rather non sequitur lecture it contains
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not one of our favourite Dr. Seuss books. Now that we're reading chapter books and books with a lot more text - and I'm the Reader - I have become keenly aware of the number of words and rather skeptical as to whether so many were really necessary. I hardly dare say it, but I think perhaps Seuss was at his very best with fewer words. I know. Sacrilege. Squirt confirms my doubts, though. He loves "Green Eggs and Ham", but the Oobleck didn't hold his interest. ...more
If you would like to read the first book before reading this sequel then you should definitely check out The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

I had this book in possession for days but unfortunately I could not read it because this is a sequel and I hate to read any works that are based from one book because I am afraid that I may not enjoy the sequel without knowing the characters and the plot of the previous work that tied the sequel together. I feel that way about anything whether it be book,
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
An acceptable sequel to the "500 Hats". Young Bartholomew, boy genius, saves the day with a solution for ridding the Kingdom of Did of the nasty green Oobleck. Can't help but believe that the book might have inspired the old horror movie "The Blob" with Steve McQueen. ...more
M.K. Aneal
Aug 31, 2015 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: seuss
Had to put this book down on account of very strange magical things. Very sad I had to but I had to put it down.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
Am I the only one who dreads having to read their child a Dr. Seuss book?
Kathy Davie
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, children
Another in the Bartholomew Cubbins series revolving around Bartholomew, a page boy in the service of the king.

In 1950, Bartholomew and the Oobleck won the Caldecott Honor.

My Take
It's a case of be careful what you wish for as the king is bored, bored, bored. It'll take a disaster for the king to say those simple words. Words that every child, teen, and adult should learn. And learn to speak.

I adored the lovely, soft pencil drawings on every page. And a clever idea for green to be the only color.

Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, childrens
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
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. ...more
Mrs. Murfee
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this lesser-well-known (to me, at least) book by Dr. Seuss aloud & to my surprise, my 12th grader listened! After reading, we enjoyed analyzing what possible meanings there were to the story: global warming? acid rain? greed? the ripple effect our behavior has on those around us? I believe an argument could be made for all these themes, but one rises above the others as being just a bit more powerful: the importance of taking responsibility for actions & saying "I'm sorry." ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: open-library
This is quite long for a readaloud, but we split it into two sessions and thoroughly enjoyed it. I love the lesson that the resolution teaches!

My 11-year-old daughter highly recommends making "oobleck" out of cornstarch and water to go along with this book.
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
lol. A friend did a dramatic read-aloud for me today, and it was the best thing ever.
Mar 16, 2020 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars
Dayaniliz S.
It was funny I just didn't enjoy it that much ...more
Sarah Dunmire
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I found a first edition of this at a library sale and hasn’t heard of it. So I read it, and I can’t believe this isn’t more well-known. Cool art and GREAT message.
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-2015
Bartholomew and the Oobleck is the story of a bored old king who is tired of limited weather options. He orders his magicians to create new and interesting weather, but when they do the results are disastrous.

I didn't know such a lengthy, complete tale by Dr. Seuss existed, to my embarrassment. So when I received this book I thought heavens no, that's much too long and much too black and white - my destructotot will never sit and listen to that. I determined to try anyway, though, with the cave
Shanna Gonzalez
May 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mark Baker
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, picture-book
King Derwin of Didd is tired of the same old four things coming down from the sky, so he decides to get his magicians to create something new – Oobleck. However, his page Bartholomew things something is dangerous about it. Is he correct?

One of Dr. Seuss’s older books, it can be long and isn’t told in his typical rhyme. Still shows his creativity, however, and there are some good lessons worked into the story without preaching as well. Fun for older kids and adults looking for a longer picture bo
Alana Graham
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: perspectives, science
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
Katt Hansen
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes the most magical words of all are "I'm sorry."

Here we see a foolish king with a very wise servant - that no one listens to. Of course. So when the king causes a monstrous disaster, it's up to the small boy to fix everything. Not the first time the device is used (or the last) but done so very well. We see some hints of the later Dr. Seuss rhymes in words the wizards say. And some of the illustrations really remind me of his later works. Overall though, I very much liked this book and t
Mar 24, 2009 rated it liked it
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...
Mar 10, 2011 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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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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