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I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,374 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Pride and over-confidence may take many forms. Dr. Seuss deals with them humorously in three very funny, off-beat stories about a 30-tiger challenge, the folly of the cats of Katzen-Stein and the terrible consequences of thunking a Glunk. Ages 3+
Paperback, 64 pages
Published September 20th 1990 by HarperCollins (first published 1969)
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Steph Sinclair
When I was asked to join the the Dr. Seuss blog tour, I had no idea I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! even existed. Dr. Seuss has more books out that I can keep track of and I shamefully have only read his more popular works like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. It was the same for my husband, so we sat down together last night and I read him a little bedtime story. It's amazing how no matter how old you get, you can still appreciate the simplicity of a Dr. Seuss book.

The Glunk that got Thunk

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Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: math-subtraction
In terms of licking, this mischevious cat implies beating up 30 tigers. Yet, this task is impossible for the cat to complete and thus he learns this as the number of tigers he once claimed he could lick or rather "beat" slowly come down to zero. This story is humorous as are all of Dr. Seuss' stories and is a favorite among my first grade placement. They truly enjoyed it. I used 30 chips for each table of 5 students and they had to subtract the number of tigers (or chips) as I read the story and ...more
Christopher Beckett
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Everyone has their very, very, very off days, I guess.
Mel Ann
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can't go wrong with Dr. Suess.
Sep 30, 2015 added it
Shelves: edrd-314
LOVED this collection. I can honestly say I have never seen most of these stories anywhere else, and it is really interesting to see some of Dr. Seuss' stories that are less well known or forgotten over time. I think that it was a really fun way to connect all of the stories in this book, making them all about the Cat in the Hat's family, while also making us feel like we already had a connection with the characters, even though they were not ones we had ever interacted with before. My personal ...more
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
I struggle to rate this one. This is not the best Seuss, and a lot of the references in this book are pretty outdated for modern kids (a phone with a CORD? what's that, mommy?), but at the same time it's kind of outrageous in that good ol' seussian way. I picked this up used because I had vivid memories of loving this when I was a kid. Miles asks lots of questions, but at the same time he thinks it's mostly hilarious--especially the Katz story. The ending of the last story bothers me and I'm not ...more
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
We've been looking for books by Dr. Seuss that we haven't yet read. This book had such a strange title that we just had to borrow it from our local library. It has three short stories that are entertaining, but odd. They have most of the classic rhyme and flow as his more popular books, as well as unusual characters and colorful illustrations, but the tales just aren't as charming as some of his others. Perhaps that's why I'd never heard of it before. Still, it was a quick, entertaining read and ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-seuss
I loved this book! (There are actually three stories: I can lick 30 tigers today, King Looie Katz and The glunk that got thunk) I am just like the cat who was sure he could whip 30 tigers... then had some excuse or another and that number got smaller and smaller until finally he wasn't whipping any tigers. That is like my "to-do" list every day.
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is a hidden gem! Most obscure Dr. Seuss books, in my experience, are obscure for a reason-- they are bad or weird or both. But this book is funny and fun to read, and the boys like it, too.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today (1969) is one of the Dr. Seuss books that I missed reading as a child. It would seem to be one of the lesser known books in the Seuss collection. Since it was published in my birth year, I decided to check it out--even though its length technically makes it ineligible to count as a candle on my birthday cake. The common theme of the three stories in the book is pride and overconfidence. The titular story has a younger Cat in the Hat type (his son?) bragging that he can ...more
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-dr-seuss
Another charming collection of little rhyming stories with a moral lesson. The illustrations aren't quite as imaginative, and the stories are a little more repetitive than others, but a good lesson is given about the dangers of pride (and in the last story, possibly addiction?). As with others, the lessons are a sign of the times (written in the Cold War) - he actually uses the word "democratic" to refer to the right way to live - not that I disagree, but it's interesting to consider the context ...more
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A story about a young cat in the hat and a story about his younger sister. A middle story about a kingdom of proud cats. A very catty book indeed.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! (8/10) is a nicely amusing, one-joke tale of a braggart talking his way outta fight/mauling without losing face. King Looie Katz (10/10) not only has some of Seuss’s most fun rhyming prose, it tells a tale (with a denouement not dissimilar to Yertle the Turtle) encouraging independence and democracy (“democatcy”) over hierarchical autocracy. “The Glunk that Got Thunk” (7/10) is a Cat-in-the-Hat redux about letting-imagination run riot (ironically). It’s good, but exce ...more
ZaBeth  Marsh
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series_1off-read
This book has three short stories told by a little *boy* who from the family potrait in the final story looks like the son of the "Cat in the Hat. (1957)"

"I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today" - I probably would have enjoyed this more if I had correctly defined "lick" as "to fight" instead of "to clean." While my interpretation is probably more politically correct for today's bully sensitive society, it did not make the story funnier. While there may have been some vague counting involved, I didn't feel
I remembered this book, while I was reading the title story to my son, as another one of the Dr. Seuss books I had as a child. The first story is about a boy who believes he can beat up thirty tigers, but the longer he is with them, the less he thinks he can beat. I liked the story although my son I don’t think understood most of the nuances of it. The second story is about the king of cats who didn’t like his tail to drag on the ground, so he hired someone to carry it. And then they felt import ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably the only Seuss book that I didn't like (some were kind of bland, but I didn't flat out dislike them). None of the stories were of interest to me, and part of that was because the characters tiresome. In the titular story, the character is basically a coward who acts tough. The big problem is that he never learns a lesson - he just decides not to fight any of the tigers.

In the second story, "King Louie Katz", there is basically an entire kingdom of cats who a) jump on any bandwa
Michelle McBeth
This book contains 3 separate Dr. Seuss stories.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today is about a cat in the hat character who plans on beating up 30 tigers, but he realizes he can't do it and begins sending tigers away until he gets down to just one tiger. Then he says, "I'll beat you up right after lunch."

King Looie Katz is about a king cat who loves his tail so much that he puts someone in charge of holding up his tail all day long. Then that person wants the same service and so on until one big line is
It’s a book that engages young readers, because this book isn’t a normal sequence book. It’s a book that has various numbers which children can predict or figure out how many tigers the cat decide to let go. It’s a great read aloud that have an unpredictable ending. I would use this book in my classroom to introduce subtraction to my class.
King looie katz
This book is about the King of the town who hired a person to carry his tail around town because of his pride. His holder had to hire a holder
Kathy Davie
Three short stories in true Seussian tradition.

The Stories
"I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!" is a cute bit of bravado with the Cat in the Hat bragging on how many tigers he can beat up, with that brave front leaking away as he comes up with excuses as to why he can’t lick quite that many. Today.

"King Looie Katz" is all about the royal tail…and how the attitude wends its way down the line until one doesn’t get it.

"The Glunk That Got Thunk" is all about Sister’s Thinker-Upper and her UN-Thinker. And ho
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
hmm... this is a collection of three stories.
The first seems to be a character backing down from wanting to "lick 30 tigers", and he gradually retreats from his boast. I was compelled to believe that this was a negative message of backing away from overwhelming challenges, but perhaps it was meant to be a counter to boasting in general.

The second rejected hierarchy in favor of democracy.

The third told of a girl who thought up things all day, only to think up a "thunk" who is a monster like cha
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, 2015
This title contains three stories by Seuss and, as described on the end pages by the Cat in the Hat, are about the Cat's son, daughter and great-great-great-great-grandpa Looie. In the first story, the Cat's son brags how he can lick, or fight, 30 tigers, which is drastically reduced to none as he realizes his talk is bigger than his walk. Although Seuss reveals that lick means "beat up" early on in a rhyme, most children today may not be familiar with this connotation and this story doesn't tra ...more
Rachel Evans
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
this book has three stories. I can Lick 30 Tigers Today King Louie Katz and the Glunk that Got Thunk.
Loved them all! What can I say, I'm a sucker for how Dr Seuss is able to take complex human issues and explain them in funny stories written in forced rhyme.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today is just a cute story about speaking before you think and then trying to get out if it gracefully.

King Louie Katz is the best story to teach self-reliance.

and the Glunk that Got Thunk. After the third time reading th
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: tigers
A collection of Seussian shorts.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!- A mini Cat in the Hat boldly proclaims he can lick (as in beat up) 30 tigers, but quickly cuts that number down to zilch as his word is put to the test.

King Looie Katz- In a kingdom of cats, King Looie is very proud of his tail; so proud that he will not let it drag on the ground and instead hires a servant to hold it up while he walks. When the servant seeks a servant and so on the last cat in the line is fed up and quits. The system
King Ævil
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, 2012
Dr. Seuss seems a bit off form in this trio of stories featuring a very young Cat in the Hat (or is it the Cat's son?). He has to reach a bit too far for some of the rhymes, especially what concerns Looie, Dooie, Pooie and little Scrooie Katz, and what's the deal with "Thunk a Glunk"? Did Dr. Seuss give up halfway through or something? Moreover, for a truly disturbing experience, look carefully at the tigers on the cover. Far more giraffe admixture than I'm comfortable with.

The book has one brig
Ayana Mishelle
Dr. Seuss takes counting out of sequence first he can lick 30 tigers then 29 then 13. This is a great book for first grade. There are other stores in this book also the one I loved the most called the Glunk that got thunk. The girl is thinking and thought up a glunk . She could not unthunk the glunk. This book could be well used to talk about critical thinking , mathmatical thinking, scientific thinking.
Evelyn Matias
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This book is great for integrating a math/literature lesson. I used this with my 1st graders and they loved it! It's a book on subtracting and since it is Dr. Seuss it has rhyming and fun in it. I really think this helped my first graders to understand subtraction better. They wer able to relate the problems given to them to the story. I also created a worksheet with story problems related to the story to bring the two lessons together.
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
The three stories in this book appear in order of my personal preference. I don't care much for the last story, and the second one about the cats is pretty good, but my favorite is the first, "I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!" The mouthy little cat boldly boasts about how many tigers he can beat up, but as the tigers advance that number drops lower and lower. Cute and funny.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Hmmm, the title of this was a good example of the many manifestations of English making for misunderstanding. I was expecting the narrator to lick those tigers with his tongue. Instead, he intended to beat 'em up. I prefer my absurdist interpretation. The most entertaining story was the middle one, King Looie Katz, featuring a conga line of compliant cats. :)
Christine Levinge
This book is awesome to use for a math lesson on subtraction. While reading aloud, you can have the students follow along with a scratch piece of paper and counting chips. Every time the number of tigers decreases, you can challenge the students to think about how many tigers (chips) they would have to take away to get to that number.
Katie Plumley
* K-4th

* Could be used to see fractions of thirty or subtraction/fact families as the Cat in the Hat dismisses groups of tigers. Repeated subtraction.

* Typical Dr. Seuss rhyme structure....for poetry unit, creative writing, making up words, etc.

* The Glunk that Got Thunk can be read to promote imaginative writing and problem solving.
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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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