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What Was I Scared Of?

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,907 ratings  ·  205 reviews

What's a pair of empty green trousers doing standing by itself in the woods? Or riding a bike in Grin-itch?  Or fishing on Roover River?  The narrator certainly doesn't want to find out but wherever he goes, he's haunted by the spooky empty pants. Finally, when the two find themselves hiding from each other in a Snide bush, the terrified narrator realizes, "I was just as s

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published July 22nd 1997 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Sophia Triad
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller, children
I said, I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them.
I said, and said, and said those words.
I said them but I lied them.

Amazing book! Only for the bravest and most open-minded little readers 🎃
One of my favourite by Dr. Seuss
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 Dr. Seuss no defrauda STARS


Uno de mis propósitos para este año, es ya no comprarle libros a mi hija, hasta que terminemos de leer los que ya tenemos en casa, pero como buena madre lectora, al ver este libro no me pude resistir.

La historia es simple, donde el protagonista ve unos pantalones flotando, y les tiene miedo, pero afronta su miedo y se da cuenta de lo inimaginable.

Una historia muy divertida, que nos enseña a superar nuestros miedos.
Oct 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book TERRIFIED me to no end as a child. Well into my 20s, I remember shuddering at the illustrations of the empty pants, framed in the eerie blue of twilight, jumping off a clothesline and chasing a little boy through the woods. If ever Dr. Seuss came up in conversation I would ask a friend, "Do you remember such and such a book about the pants?" Sure enough I would meet a fellow traveler who was also terrified of this book. Who cares about the payoff, the setup is enough to strike life-lon ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dr Seuss' rhymes make Eminem look like a learner.
His humor makes Kevin hart's jokes seem just about as funny and absorbing as stale bread and watching me try to rhyme.


☑ And No. I'm not done yet. I'm still trying to experience the wonders of his little works- something I should have experienced years ago O.o
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like the philosophical box of chocolates, because there are many to choose: where books fall for me on the Theodor Seuss Geisel spectrum, continues to surprise. I do not care for the little kids’ inane rhyming books. Larger stories were quite good and repose at three stars. Full stories are where I applaud resoundingly, for memorable morals and poignant heart. Theodor created far more books than I was aware of. I had never heard of “What Was I Scared Of?”, until I was lucky to score it at our lo ...more
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it

"I said, I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them. I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them."

Even if you're the bravest person you know, seeing a pair of pants with nobody inside them will freeze your blood in your veins, especially if they seem follow you everywhere and if you're the kind of people who like to get out in the night.
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
2013: We all love this book! It's hard to beat Dr. Seuss's "pair of pale green pants with nobody inside them."

2018: Child three of three is also a fan . . .
Laura Hayes
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-books
My favorite Dr. Seuss book.
Cynthia Austin
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pretty sure we'll be reading this book every night. The MC wasn't scared, and neither was my kid. Not of no spooky green pale pants, not even with nobody inside 'em!
Ana  Lelis
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
That's his second book I read and I'm glad I enjoyed this one, especially the message from the story.
Yolanda K. Smith
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Seuss never disappoints. This title has so many layers. It’s a bit creepy for younger kids, but has wonderful life lessons even for adults.
What's not to like about Dr Seuss? A bit of a silly, rhyming story about a pair of wandering pants the main character is frightened of. But I think this story also helps show kids that often the things we are afraid of are really just things we don't understand or haven't had experience with. Getting to know something/someone can ease our fears of differentness, especially when our fear is not really warranted.
Caroline Petty
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seasons-weather
This is a fun book to read around halloween time when children are excited about all of the holiday's "scary" activities. It's so silly that everyone is sure to enjoy it. It could also be used to relate to school as well. Becasue many children are afraid of the anxiety or the myths that come along with a new school year, this book could be a teacher's way of lightening the mood and the environment of the classroom in a way that makes students laugh.
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Somehow this is my first time reading this book. My kids loved that it glows in the dark. We had to interrupt our reading to turn off the lights repeatedly to see the creature and the pants and the moon glowing. Cute story ...sometimes the things we fear are nothing to fear at all...or perhaps they are just as afraid of us as we are of them.
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I hadn't even heard of this story until I had my son and started reading him all the Seuss I could get my hands on. This is absolutely my favorite. It flows perfectly when read aloud and it's so creepy and funny. One of my favorite lines ever: "I said, I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them. I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them."
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I said, I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them. I said, and said, and said those words. I said them but I lied them."

O to think that I shall never see
A way to write like Dr. Seuss.
And even if I did,
Well, it would be completely derivative.
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Because it's a favorite of CRB, it's now a favorite of mine. We probably read it five times last year.
Jomanah Aloumi
Oct 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"I was just as strange to them as they were strange to me."

Absolutely lovely. Favourite.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I hadn’t read this Dr. Seuss! It’s a typical Seuss book in many ways, but it has a little bit of creepiness and a fun glow-in-the-dark element.
La La - Everyone's Crazy Aunt
Feb 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone!
This book was stellar! It is a newer Seuss book since my son was small. It teaches that sometimes things we are afraid of are just as afraid of us. I actually bought this as a Kindle "teach me to read" app. There were several on sale because of Dr. Seuss's birthday, this app was only 99¢ (plus I received free coins towards purchasing other apps). The teaching features are marvelous. You can have it set three ways: teaching, read it myself, and auto-play.I bought ten of these Seuss apps today for ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: k-3, preschool
This has always been one of my favorite Dr. Seuss books, mostly because the idea is so bizarre yet somehow poignant -- a guy afraid of a pair of empty pale green pants. My favorite line: "I said, 'I do not fear those pants with nobody inside them.' I said and said and said those words. I said them, but I lied them."
Great book about how to overcome a fear by realizing that your fear may be as scared as you are. This book goes to show that once we get to know one another, we have more in common than what our fear told us and we can begin to mend that bridge to become friends.
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, reviewed
Fantastic book for kids! So imaginative and creative. Easy read that children will find delightful!

Dr. Seuss is always brilliant! His stories and rhymes are fun and entertaining! Some of my all time favorites!! Such a great way to entertain children and get them interested in reading!
Sergey Lenkevich
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
But there is Little Raccoon And The Thing In The Pool by Lilian Moore
The same theme, but more interesting, clever and adequate
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it!
Oct 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People with little kids.
Cute! Super cute! XD seriously, You can't get much better than dr. Seuss. ;)
Samuel Tyler
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Hallows’ Eve is upon us once more and that can only mean that we are soon to be surrounded by all types of monsters, ghoulies and manifestations. Fear not, as many of these unsettling creatures will actually be children dressed up on another adventure trick or treating. But what about that pair of seemingly malevolent trousers that walk by themselves? That is no child, but a pair of haunted kecks. Run, run, run, but perhaps if you have them a friendly hello these pants may be nicer than you ...more
Madeline Volkman
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is one of my favorites from Dr. Seuss even though it isn't one of his more popular ones. This book does a great job at showing kids that even though you are scared of something, it might be because of nothing. If something scares you, then try to face the fear and it might turn out better than expected. I like this book because it shows children that what they are afraid of might be afraid of them too, so you should always try to face you fears. Also, Dr. Seuss incorporates bigger words and ...more
Madeline Conzett
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one of Dr. Seuss' lesser known books. I really enjoy this book because it has amazing illustrations, fun words and rhymes and a powerful lesson. The title "What Was I Scared Of" is so meaningful at the end. The main character has no real reason to be afraid of these mysterious pants that he is unfamiliar with. The lesson that comes from this is that children should not just automatically be afraid of what they don't know. It's a fun, interesting and interactive picture book by the great ...more
Mindy Wilson
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
What Was I Scared Of? would be a great book to read to the classroom around Halloween time. It's told in first person. The main character keeps running across a spooky pair of empty green pants. He is very afraid until he discovers that the pants are scared of him as well. They then become friends. We learn that it's ok to admit when we are scared and that sometimes our fears are unfounded. The pages all have a lot of dark blue which adds to the spooky feeling.
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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