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THERE WCK/M.K.MNY-BK/C (Bright and Early Book and Cassette Library) Paperback – June 3, 1989

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Product Details

  • Series: Bright and Early Book and Cassette Library
  • Paperback: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Pap/Cas edition (June 3, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394829549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394829548
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,758,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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PRAISE FOR DR SEUSS: "[Dr.Seuss] has...instilled a lifelong love of books, learning and reading [in children]" - The Telegraph "Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses." - The Express "The magic of Dr.Seuss, with his hilarious rhymes, belongs on the family bookshelf" - Sunday Times Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Illus. in full color. A host of inventive creatures help beginning readers recognize many common "household" words.   --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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I got this book for my four year old.
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This is a fun book to read, and I feel it would make a neat animated movie like "Horton Hears a Who" and ":The Lorax".
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My grand children love the Dr. Seuss books, this was a fun one to read to my grand son at bedtime.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 28, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I can remember the first time I read this was when I was 8 years old. I was in the waiting room at the dentist's office. The whole time I was in the dentist's chair all I could think of was that wocket in the pocket, and I still to this day remember it. I am now 27 years old, but contrary to popular opinion, I don't think anyone is too old to enjoy Dr. Seuss. He is a legend that will be in my family forever. I hope that one day I have kids so I can share the wonderful imagination of Dr. Seuss that I was able to experience at a young age.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on January 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Seuss' best books tend to have a touch of fantasy (or light-hearted science fiction) to them, and "There's a Wocket in My Pocket!" falls into that category. In this book of simple rhymes, the narrator introduces the reader to the gallery of weird creatures that share his home. There's no plot, but there are Seussian creatures galore.
Beginning with the Wocket of the cover, each creature favors a habitat that conveniently rhymes with its name. Example: "And that Zelf up on that shelf! / I have talked to him myself." The creatures include the pink-and-yellow striped Zlock, the cantankerous Yottle, the creepy Vug, the gravity-defying Geeling, and many others. As always, Seuss' colorful artwork is rich in whimsical details.
The narrator loves his home and its weird inhabitants. The book thus seems to have the message that it's OK to be different, or to come from a home that others might find odd. And that's a lesson I like! So enjoy the book, and don't be surprised if you find a "Ghair" under your chair.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 25, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a five star book for those who love it, and probably much less for those with timid children who imagine "boogey men" in the night whenever a strange creaking sound is heard. I averaged that out to a four star rating.
This is one of the more unusual Dr. Seuss offerings. The rhymes are deliberate designed to only evoke nonsensical names . . . belonging to imaginary beings. So it's Dr. Seuss taken to the nth degree.
As such, the book provides many helpful clues to word decoding, encourages love of rhyming, adds humor to the thought of those "unidentifiable" noises in every house, and helps ease some children's fears of the unknown. However, it requires a lot of sophistication to enjoy this book at all these levels. For adults, the fun may pale before it does with the children . . . so the necessary connection of reading to your child may be lost unless you, as the adult, fall in love with this book. I hope that you will so fall in love . . . if you don't know the book already.
The main drawback of this book is that it may cause some fright for some children. If you have such a child, I suggest you avoid the book. If you are not sure if the book is frightening, talk to your child about how this is supposed to be fun. See how she or he reacts to the first reading. Perhaps you can borrow the book from the library, see it at a friend's house, or look at it in a book store first.
The book's basic structure is to take a common household item, and rhyme it with a made-up word: basket -- wasket; curtain -- jertain; clock -- zlock; sink -- nink; lamp -- zamp; etc. The parallels are placed close together, like this: "But that BOFA on the SOFA . . . Well, I wish he wasn't here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
There's a Wocket in my Pocket is a great book for kids. Its a book about a boy who finds all kinds of different Wockets all over his house, in his pocket, in his trash baket, in his bureau, in his closet, in his curtains, behind his clock, up on a shelf, in the sink, in the lamp, in the pots and pans, in a bottle, in and in his chair, they are everywhere. This book is a great book if you like to rhyme words, some a tongue twisting, and some are funny. In the end the boy talked about how he likes where he lives because of all the Wockets there. The reason I liked this book is because it was tongue twisting and it rhymed.
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... this book might be a way to alleviate some of those fears! So many kids do have these types of worries, and this book is about a young boy who believes there are various creatures living in house. On the (mostly) brightly colored pages, the boy goes through his home and introduces all of the silly, (mostly) benign looking creatures he's (mostly) made friends with. The simple words, rhymes and nonsensical names of the creatures really help keep the book humorous and non-frightening. Most of the pages show the boy smiling while looking at the (mostly) also-smiling creatures, and there are a few that show him looking irritated with some trouble-makers. But there's just one 2-page spread that shows a darkened living room with a large lump under a rug, with the words, "The only one I'm really scared of is that VUG under the RUG." Great opportunity to have your little person think up funny, crazy, NON-scary things a "Vug" might be, maybe leading to drawing his/her own picture of it, in turn leading to drawing the "monster" they themselves might be afraid of in their own home. If you take that picture, put a smile on the monster's face and think up a silly name for it, maybe not so scary now?

I feel very fortunate that circumstances have allowed me the luxury of babysitting my grandchildren during the day, especially since circumstances were different when my own two grown sons were this age and I worked outside of the home. It's interesting how night and day different they are (just as my sons were!), with the older being more of a gentle soul, while his younger brother is an absolute little pistol (with Grandma's stubborn streak!
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