There's a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss's Book of Ridiculous Rhymes

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There's a Wocket in My Pocket is filled with bizarre creatures and rhymes: the nupboard in the cupboard, ghairs beneath the stairs, and the bofa on the sofa!  

A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common "household" words.

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Overview

There's a Wocket in My Pocket is filled with bizarre creatures and rhymes: the nupboard in the cupboard, ghairs beneath the stairs, and the bofa on the sofa!  

A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common "household" words.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679882831
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Bright & Early Board Books(TM) Series
  • Edition description: BOARD
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 35,349
  • Age range: Up to 2 years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 5.69 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Biography

Now that generations of readers have been reared on The Cat in the Hat and Fox in Socks, it's easy to forget how colorless most children's books were before Dr. Seuss reinvented the genre. When the editorial cartoonist Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street in 1936, the book was turned down by 27 publishers, many of whom said it was "too different." Geisel was about to burn his manuscript when it was rescued and published, under the pen name Dr. Seuss, by a college classmate.

Over the next two decades, Geisel concocted such delightfully loopy tales as The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins and Horton Hears a Who. Most of his books earned excellent reviews, and three received Caldecott Honor Awards. But it was the 1957 publication of The Cat in the Hat that catapulted Geisel to celebrity.

Rudolf Flesch's book Why Johnny Can't Read, along with a related Life magazine article, had recently charged that children's primers were too pallid and bland to inspire an interest in reading. The Cat in the Hat, written with 220 words from a first-grade vocabulary list, "worked like a karate chop on the weary little world of Dick, Jane and Spot," as Ellen Goodman wrote in The Detroit Free Press. With its vivid illustrations, rhyming text and topsy-turvy plot, Geisel's book for beginning readers was anything but bland. It sold nearly a million copies within three years.

Geisel was named president of Beginner Books, a new venture of Random House, where he worked with writers and artists like P.D. Eastman, Michael Frith, Al Perkins, and Roy McKie, some of whom collaborated with him on book projects. For books he wrote but didn't illustrate, Geisel used the pen name Theo LeSieg (LeSieg is Geisel spelled backwards).

As Dr. Seuss, he continued to write bestsellers. Some, like Green Eggs and Ham and the tongue-twisting Fox in Socks, were aimed at beginning readers. Others could be read by older children or read aloud by parents, who were often as captivated as their kids by Geisel's wit and imagination. Geisel's visual style appealed to television and film directors, too: The animator Chuck Jones, who had worked with Geisel on a series of Army training films, brought How the Grinch Stole Christmas! to life as a hugely popular animated TV special in 1966. A live-action movie starring Jim Carrey as the Grinch was released in 2000.

Many Dr. Seuss stories have serious undertones: The Butter Battle Book, for example, parodies the nuclear arms race. But whether he was teaching vocabulary words or values, Geisel never wrote plodding lesson books. All his stories are animated by a lively sense of visual and verbal play. At the time of his death in 1991, his books had sold more than 200 million copies. Bennett Cerf, Geisel's publisher, liked to say that of all the distinguished authors he had worked with, only one was a genius: Dr. Seuss.

Good To Know

The Cat in the Hat was written at the urging of editor William Spaulding, who insisted that a book for first-graders should have no more than 225 words. Later, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he couldn't write a book with just 50 words. Geisel won the bet with Green Eggs and Ham, though to his recollection, Cerf never paid him the $50.

Geisel faced another challenge in 1974, when his friend Art Buchwald dared him to write a political book. Geisel picked up a copy of Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! and a pen, crossed out each mention of the name "Marvin K. Mooney," and replaced it with "Richard M. Nixon." Buchwald reprinted the results in his syndicated column. Nine days later, President Nixon announced his resignation.

The American Heritage Dictionary says the word "nerd" first appeared in print in the Dr. Seuss book If I Ran the Zoo: "And then, just to show them, I'll sail to Ka-Troo / And bring back an It-Kutch a Preep and a Proo / A Nerkle a Nerd and a Seersucker, too!" The word "grinch," after the title character in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, is defined in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary as a killjoy or spoilsport.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Theodor Seuss Geisel (full name); also: Theo LeSieg, Rosetta Stone
    1. Date of Birth:
      March 2, 1904
    2. Place of Birth:
      Springfield, Massachusetts
    1. Date of Death:
      September 4, 1991
    2. Place of Death:
      La Jolla, California

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2008

    I still love this book

    I can't believe how much I love this book. If this book were up for it, I'd let it have my children or I'd have it's children. Wow Dr. Suess. You've done it again. Also, are you really a doctor? Because if so, that means you're smart AND write awesome books about wockets and green food. I love you book. I love you more than I've ever loved anything ever before.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

    Fun book to read

    All the silly rhymes make this a fun book to read to my daughter.
    These board books are very sturdy, they're the perfect size for babies and toddlers. Also the pages are easy for my daughter to turn. With only a sentence or two on each page, the little ones stay interested.

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

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    From some other reviews I've gathered that this is not the full

    From some other reviews I've gathered that this is not the full original version of "There's a Wocket in My Pocket," but I don't find this to be a major issue for me. I've never read the original, and only wanted to get a classic children's literature read for my infant son. Dr. Seuss's books are invariably playful, whimsical and charming, and this one is no exception. They can be a lot of fun to read. The little ones who are just learning to speak a playful rhyming sentences can be really attractive. Our son is still too young to fully understand what even the "regular" words mean, so we read him this book mostly in order to expose him to the very act of reading. For that purpose this small book is more than adequate. It's much smaller than most other board books that we own, and even the smallest infant can hold it relatively easily. It's also very durable and can withstand many months and years of infant abuse. A true treasure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2012

    Greeat book!!

    I started reading this book to my baby when he has 3 months old. The pictures really capture his attention and its just one of those books you wont get bored reading. Its the only book that he will actually pay attention to so far. I highly reccomend it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    WONDERFUL

    YOU JUST WANT TO READ IT OVER AND OVER

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Funny, love it!

    This book is so cute & funny, our 6-month old son can focus throughout the whole book and loves the rhymes. We love to read it to him. It's a personal favorite of my husband :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2010

    Classic

    I bought this book for the twin girls I babysit for, since I know how much they love to read and I remember reading Dr. Seuss when I was their age. They absolutely LOVE it. Every time I'm over there we sit and read it over and over and OVER again. A timeless classic, I'd recommend it to children of all ages.

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

    Great Book for begining readers.

    I have been slowly buying all of the classic Dr. Seuss Books. My son is just going into the first grade. I would like to teach him the joy of reading. My baby loves the tongue twisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2006

    There's an aloozooter in by computer!

    This book is so fun. My daughter continues to love it (since she was bout 9 months old and now is 21 months). It is great to teach rhyming as well as household objects. We add sound effects when we read too (like for the clock). Highly recommend - though it can be a challenge even for you to read at first o)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2004

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!

    omg i love this book soooooo much it is the greatest book of all time!!!! i also love the short film made about it!!! ITS THE GREATEST!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!

    THIS BOOK IS AWESOME! IT IS MY FAVORITE BOOK IN THE ENTIRE WORLD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2004

    So much FUN!!

    I'm 28 and still love this book...there's a copy on my bookshelf right now! I used to read this to the kids I babysat, and they loved it. It's a lot of fun trying to say those tricky Dr. Seuss rhymes!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    Add the Zonics to Your Phonics!

    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.' The book is thus very good for identifying the visual form of the household items. As such, the choice or words and images are good for beginning readers. The rhymes show the way that words are often formed in English, providing a certain subliminal form of learning. But they also indicate that if the letters don't add up the right way, there's nothing that can go with them . . . except imagination. The book has the poetic license to encourage your child to use her or his imagination in the same way. The drawings are very humorous, and many of the creatures are small, fuzzy, and friendly. But some are not, and that's where the potential problem comes in. The child in the story is clearly disturbed by some. For example, the QUIMNEY up the CHIMNEY: 'I don't like him, not at all.' 'And it makes one sort of nervous when the ZALL scoots down the HALL.' These quesy moments are mitigated by the book's end. 'I don't care if you believe it.' This allows the reader to come back to reality, having enjoyed the fantasy world. Next, you get the child's reaction in the story. 'That's the kind of house I live in. And I hope we never leave it.' That statement is similar to Peter Pan's declaration that 'I won't grow up.' It provides a good launching pad for discussing the meaning of the story with your child. Any number of follow up exercises with your child can be rewarding. Why not start by writing some rhymes and drawing some pictures that make the scary creatures seem ordinary or friendly to your child? For example, the ZILLOW on the PILLOW could become someone who only tells funny stories. The NOOTH GRUSH on my TOOTH BRUSH could become someone who helps scrub your teeth cleaner, and then puts the tooth brush away. You get the idea. This would help your child understand that there are many uses to which imagination may be applied, including making the world a more wonderful and friendlier place. But be sure to get the XOVE out of your STOVE! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    Love it!

    I'm 11 and I still love this book!

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