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Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  12,167 ratings  ·  394 reviews
Relates in verse some of the unusual thinks you can think if only you try. A mad outpouring of made-up words, and intriguing ideas.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published 1975 by Beginner Books
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Archit Ojha
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Paradoxical imagery so shiny that you get lost in the conundrum.

Pushes the imagination to the brink.

I remember a quote that mind staples with this book. And it goes as

" All children are born artists. The problem is to remain an artist as we grow up. "
- Pablo Picasso
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
oh, the thinks you can think,
It's in your eyes just do as blink.
I love, love, love Dr. Seuss. Always have and I think I always will.

Sadly, this book didn't live up to many of my other favorites. The rhymes weren't smooth (sometimes it didn't even rhyme). And while the "made-up" words were cute, they felt more like a way to make a rhyme than anything else.

I liked the illustrations, I *love* the idea, and parts of it did make me smile. But mostly it just felt like a rough draft.

Thankfully there are so many fantastically wonderful Seuss books out there, that th
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidstuff
My favorite kind of Dr. Suess book - no plot, just rampant silliness and nonsensicality!

Happy Birthday, Theodor Seuss Geisel, and thanks for all the absurdity.
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
A nice book to make kids think about imaginary stuff and somehow make them think out of the box. I read it for my niece and nephew and they are still asking questions on what is a moon, why think of 3 moons? Why not more or less? What is moon made of?and further questions leading to prove me wrong on insisting that we live on the surface of the earth!
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, american-20th-c
Oh The Thinks You Can Think This one is kind of a follow on to (and a little less amazing than) One Fish Two Fish. But it is still fun – the graphics are amazing and Escherian.
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
The power of the imagination!
Keri Payton
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is no limit to what you can think up. Dr. Seuss explores the imagination and encourages the reader to push their creative mind to limitless heights.

This is another Dr. Seuss story I am unfamiliar with. It is inspirational. The book showcases Dr. Seuss' creative brilliance and originality in a way that touches directly on the reader's own creative mind.

From vivid imagery and conundrums to endless parades of his invented species, Dr. Seuss' words are as vibrant as his illustrations. His imag
A Bear and a Bee Books
Dr. Seuss was always a favorite of mine as a child and now I’m sharing them with my daughter! The colors are great for little ones and the stories always fun!
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more I read of Dr. Seuss, the more I love him! I love the line, "Oh the thinks you can think up if you only try!" Though sometimes, it can get quite challenging to read with the tongue-twisting sentences. : )
Maddie Watson
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!" by award winning Dr. Seuss is a marvelous way to encourage students to embrace their creative side and stimulate their imagination.

"Oh, the THINKS you can think up if only you try! If you try, you can think up a GUFF going by."

"There are so many THINKS a Thinker can think! Would you dare yank a tooth of the RINK-RINKER-FINK?"

Dr. Seuss's style of writing is so brilliantly written for a child to interpret in their own way and think of their own ways to be creative
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having fun revisiting Dr. Seuss books. I started out by just listening to the audiobook Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss which is an audio collection of nine stories narrated by Jason Alexander, Michael McKean and David Hyde Pearce. All of the Dr. Seuss universe is an appeal to the readers creative thinking, but this story especially asks the reader to use her imagination. The illustrations accompanying the text are truly wonderful, but as I’ve pointed out about other books by ...more
I love Dr Seuss - my kids loved Dr Seuss - and I’m sure that my grandchildren will love Dr Seuss. My younger daughter reading Green Eggs & Ham to her grandfather has become part of our family lore (let’s just say it was a particularly dramatic rendition). So I am likely biased heavily to enjoy this - it was one of the few that I did not remember reading and it has all the clever rhymes and colorful illustrations. It was a fun, fast read.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh, yes, let's bless the power of imagination!
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Read 1/12/18
Taylor Anderson
This Dr. Seuss classic is all about imagination and where thinking can take you! It uses rhyming words and has illustrations that help kids determine meaning, which is why it falls into the Children's Book genre.

This book has a few different traits. First, it is an example of word choice. Because of it's rhyming nature, it could be used as a story to introduce the concept of rhyming words to students. At early levels, a follow-up activity could be to match words that rhyme, and at higher levels
Alicia Beaumier
Mar 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is probably one of my favorite Dr. Suess books and everything about it. I think first off it has the best message, even in the title. Imagination and thinking is such a crucial part for development and children in general. The book is filled with many random things to think of and thats huge. The turn wonder and think are used so often which I think is crucial. Imagination is amazing and especially in this book.
The illustrations are pretty fun and funky as usual. The colors are so bright a
Sam (HogwartsToHobbiton)
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full of childhood memories!
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like all Dr. Seuss books, this story is wonderful! Everyone will love this book but beginning readers especially. The sentences are short and easy which appeal to young readers. Also, the text is catchy containing a lot of rhymes and humor. This story encourages young readers to play with their imagination. Not only does it touch into children's imagination but it also encourages children to develop their creative skills. Which is why books like these are important for young readers; they are at ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
You really can't go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book. As old as most of his books are, they are classics that transcends time and generations because they are fun, colorful and silly, with underlying adult themes. This book is about using your imagination to think up all sorts of whimsical and some nonsensical things. The element of craft that I think this book uses best is the art of specificity. Thinking is such a broad and vague term, yet Dr. Seuss broke thought down into silly and and imaginary s ...more
Abdi Nazemian
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I never read Dr. Seuss as a kid. I suppose it had something to do with not moving to the United States until I was ten (I wonder how Dr. Seuss translates into other languages. I imagine some of the magic would be lost). In any case, I now have the pleasure of reading Dr. Seuss to my children. He's the first author they ask for by name, which thrills me (almost as much as the fact that the first song they have become obsessed with is Madonna's Vogue. These children know what's up). In any case, I ...more
Maureen Jehling
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This book, by Dr. Seuss, is about using your imagination! The author uses many different situations in the text to describe some of the things you can think of. There are many exotic looking pictures to match along with the text and put the words into play for a child. Go ahead and get this book to read with your children!

I think it's great that this book was created to try to encourage children to use their imagination! The illustrations in it are very crazy to look at but they definitely catch
John Sperry
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Similar to Oh, The Places You'll Go!, this book helps encourage students to expand their horizons. Specifically, various topics of thought are discussed and rhyming is a key component used to help demonstrate all the things students can think of. This topic is an important aspect of early elementary as it demonstrates to students the value of thought. This value is shown to be expansive and encourages students to continue using the power of their minds to accomplish what they want to accomplish. ...more
Brandon Meacham
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every Suess book has a hidden message that speaks for children and adults alike who read him as a child and are now reading to their children or their children are reading for themselves. In this case, this is simply encouraging those to never cease thinking; To think up crazy and cleverness in life to figure around puzzles and life. Never let anyone tell you not to think for yourself because someone wants to keep you in that controlled place where you will never escape. A little dark for a Sues ...more
Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is no limit to what you can think & the breaks in Seuss's rhyme scheme, often due to direct questions, forces the reader to pause and reflect on what he is asking. Usually, this means examining his artwork. In my case, it meant that as I'm pondering all the things I could imagine, I'm witnessing what he created - the unlimited bounds of his wonder. It's inspiring & exciting how a world not yet known awaits me, within me. This is the wonderful gift he gives children. Highly recommen ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: board-book
As a board book, I really disliked this. No fundamentals; and my child kept asking what things were and I had no answer because they were nonsensical. Much better for an older child in picture book format.
Holly Wright
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: el-230
This book is great! It really encourages children to be creative and use their imagination. The pictures are also very fun and bright.
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
7/24/16: Such an excellent book I accidentally bought a second copy. This is the second time I've done that in the last two months.

11/2/13: Too short!
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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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