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Bartholomew and the Oobleck Hardcover – 1970
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So it is off the beaten path of TG's books, it has a muddled message, which comes out very weirdly in the end. It is a hard read aloud, the words just don't flow. It has really strange (not the fun cute and endearing strange of his other works) messages, characters, plot and theme. The main character is just as bad as the characters he is trying to convince to change their ways really, but that is never addressed. It's a very weird book. I can't believe it won a Caldecott Honor.
Also we are supposed to be using this for 2nd grade science for making OOBLECK, however this book has absolutely nothing to do with making the science experiment version of oobleck used frequently in the school setting. I'm not happy with how it to try to connect this to the science oobleck. Despite the name of the book, this book is not related to making the oobleck, and the oobleck in the book is a bad scary thing, not the fun stuff we make in science. In the book an old pompous king who believes he rules everything asks his team of magicians to make something new fall from the sky because he is bored with the "old fashioned rain, sun, snow, and fog" and since he is mightier than any king that has ever lived he should have something new and different fall from the sky. The page boy, Bartholomew Cubbins, tells the king that is a bad idea, which only gets the kings dander up to be sure to go through with making something new. Then chaos ensues as green globs of icky sticky oobleck fall from the sky, which destroys things, glues everything together, and basically causes mass destruction. All the while Bartholomew is running around trying to alternately warn and help others, but he immediately leaves the people he goes to get help from as soon as they are caught in the goo. Then, finally he recalls that he forgot all about the king, whom he finds basically crying on his throne, and he yells at the king that this is all his fault and tells him to apologize and say it is all his fault. The king refuses, so Bartholomew turns to leave and then the king changes his mind, says he is sorry and it is all his fault.... and miraculously the oobleck magically disappears in an almost immediate fashion.
If you are looking to use this book when making oobleck in your classroom, don't. If you are using it to try to teach how not to be pompous, well maybe, but there are so many other things wrong with this story that even that is questionable. I hate to say that I strongly dislike a Dr. Seuss book so much, and I never really thought I would say that, but I really can't say anything better about this book. Perhaps I am reading it too much through the lens of the science experiment, but I don't think that is the problem. Maybe I will decide I like it better at some point, and maybe I am somehow missing something important, but for now this is by far one Dr. Seuss I could do without.
So this is good. It really supports the idea of swallowing your pride and apologizing, accepting the blame for something. I really like that message. The art is kind of strange in that it's black and white except green for the oobleck, so not full color. It's nice how Bartholomew just kind of happens to be the only one who gets through the oobleck, not due to smarts or anything but due to luck. A lot of other people try to help him but can't because the oobleck has gummed up the works of whatever they're trying to use to help him.
Message: Take responsibility for things that you do, even if they're wrong.
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In this book, we are taken to the Kingdom of Didd, where the story focuses on a young boy named Bartholomew Cubbins. The king starts to become angry at the sky ands it's weather, and growls and it. When winter comes, the King's grows more angry about the sky and finds a solution. With the help of his seven magicians, they will grant his wish of what will fall from the sky, thanks to one word: Oobleck. The magicians chant a rhyming spell and then out of his window, Bartholomew sees small green drops falling from the sky and the king is filled with delight by the outcome. But then, the oobleck starts to stick together in the kingdom, making a huge green mess. Bartholomew runs around the kingdom to find help, but already many have been affected by the oobleck: stuck in it, ate it or walking on it. Then he thinks of one person who can stop this madness: the king.
As Dr. Seuss books go, this book truly hits home like many of his other books. What I've always have admired of Dr. Seuss is his whimsical illustrations. The black-and-white illustrations are just wonderful and even the green oobleck as well. The book even teaches readers a true lesson: be careful what you wish for. Even though this is one if Seuss' oldest books, it really is charming and filled with excitement. I found it to perfect for all fans of his books. To me, it's half fairy tale and half middle-age tale. Readers, young and old, will love experiencing all of Seuss' books, thanks to this charming tale.