Bartholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss, was published in 1949, so I grew up listening to this book and his other Bartholomew book, The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. Both books were, and still are, so much fun! When I was researching books written in my birth year, I was happy to find the Oobleck book on the list! As a kid, as a Mom, and now as a Grandma, I have always adored Dr. Seuss! And even though this book is seventy years old, it still provides timeless fun and humor.
Bartholomew is just a regular kid in the Kingdom of Didd, where King Derwin is not the smartest king on record. It was wintertime, and King Derwin was very tired and bored with the weather.
And that winter when the snow came down, he started shouting! “This snow! This fog! This sunshine! This rain! Bahh! These four things that come down from my sky!”
“But King Derwin,” Bartholomew tried to calm him. “You’ve always had these same four things come down.”
“That’s just the trouble!” bellowed the King. “Every year the same four things! I’m mighty tired of those old things! I want something NEW to come down!”
Call the royal magicians!
If you’ve already heard the story of The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, you know that the royal magicians are a bit bumbling. They can start magic, but can’t seem to finish it very well. They don’t have a lot of control over what happens with their spells! So, when they put together a spell to add something new to the weather, OOBLECK is what they got. And we all know that oobleck is very green and sticky stuff.
Thank goodness for level-headed, clear-thinking Bartholomew!
If you or your children or grandchildren want to make some Oobleck, here’s a link to the recipe for the green goop! Enjoy!
I read this book as part of my year-long celebration of turning 70 years old.