Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

by Dr. Seuss


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In this Caldecott Honor–winning picture book, join Bartholomew Cubbins in Dr. Seuss’s classic tale of one king’s magical mishap. Bored with rain, sun, fog, and snow, King Derwin of Didd summons his royal magicians to create something new and exciting to fall from the sky. What he gets is a storm of sticky green globs called Oobleck, which soon causes a royal mess. But with the assistance of the wise page boy Bartholomew, the king (along with young readers) learns that the simplest words can sometimes solve the biggest problems.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385379045
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 56
Sales rank: 79,298
Product dimensions: 13.80(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About 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.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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Bartholomew and the Oobleck 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
pezgirl More than 1 year ago
I'm a teacher and used this book to being a lesson on states of matter. The kids really liked the story and we stopped and made predictions several times during the reading. Then we made oobleck (recipe on the internet). It's a bit long for younger kids, and the illustrations are just black, white, and green; but it really was fun. Please note, unlike most Dr. Suess books this is not written in verse.
esproull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King Derwin is bored with the fact that the same 4 things, snow, sunshine, fog, and rain, fall from the sky year after year. One day, against the advice of Bartholomew, the king decides to have his magicians create something new to fall from the sky that will be all his. The magicians work all night long, and the next morning Bartholomew wakes to find Oobleck, a green, gooey substance, falling from the sky. The Oobleck was like glue and stuck to anything it touched, and as time went by the more and more Oobleck fell from the sky. Bartholomew tried to warn the people but it was too late, and everyone everywhere was stuck, even the king. The king tried to remember the magic words the magicians used in an attempt to stop the Oobleck, but it was no use. Bartholomew tells the king that rather than saying some silly magic words, he should be saying sorry. The king refuses at first, but after some convincing from Bartholomew the helpless king reluctantly says, "I'm sorry," and the Oobleck everywhere melted away.
dianecaesar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The king asks his magicians to send something new from the sky. The result is disasterous.
missbrandysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King Derwin is bored with the four types of weather in his kingdom. So he tells his Royal Magicians that he wants something new to fall from the sky. Bartholomew begs him not to do it because he knows something bad will happen. But King Derwin doesn't listen. The next day oobleck begins falling from the next sky. But it's sticking to everything that it touches and getting everyone stuck. Bartholomew tries to get help but finally returns to the king, yelling at him and forcefully telling him to say he's sorry. The king swallows his pride and sobs how sorry he is for the oobleck. Magically the sun comes out and the oobleck disappears.I love the allegory behind Dr. Suess and his stories for children that have messages for adults! Great for a classroom read aloud.
bdudgeon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story with many different uses in the classroom. You could use it for a lesson on weather, apologizing, kings in midevil times, and being content with what you have. Also you could make some oobleck as a science experiment.
bcbias on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book I would read to an older group of kids maybe around the time we were discussing weather. The King of Didd says he is bored with sunshine, rain, fog, and snow, and tells his magicians to add some variety to the weather. These magicians can be a little crazy so they come up with a crazy potion and spell that night. The next morning sticky "oobleck" falls throughout the town covering everything. The king is very upset about his wish and wants to stop the oobleck from falling but his magicians are stuck in their cave because of it. Eventually, his page, Bartholomew, advises him to apologize for trying to change the weather and eventually all the oobleck melts away.
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Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Made to Order Weather   The King of Didd is tired of the weather.  The same four things come down from the sky with no variety.  So he decides to have his magicians create something new – Oobleck.  However, when his page, Bartholomew Cubbins, observes it in the morning, he senses that something isn’t right.  Is the king’s new substance something to celebrate?  Or should Bartholomew be sounding the alarm?   This wasn’t a Dr. Seuss book we read very often when I was a child, but it is a fun one.  While it doesn’t have the rhymes we are used to in his books, it does have a creative story that is well told.  The ending is one that people of all ages can learn from – humility and enjoying what you do have.   So even if this isn’t one of Dr. Seuss’s best known books, it is still fun and worth reading.  Just remember to be careful what you wish for.
Scarlett60 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my niece along with "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." It is a terrific book and it can be read long after years of outgrowing.
Thorne2112 More than 1 year ago
A tale of children's fantasy by Dr. Seuss doesn't hold back.
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smastalski More than 1 year ago
Great read-aloud for younger students or your own children. I read it to my students every year and follow up with our own batch of oobleck for an interesting hands-on science activity!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite works are as follows. "The Great Gatsby," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "All the President's Men," "Hamlet," "Julius Caesar," and some John Grisham. "Bartholomew and the Oobleck is right up there with them. Hollywood needs to make it into a movie -so that they can at least say that they made one real story this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The King of Didd loved to look into the sky. But he was increasingly unhappy with what he saw -- only rain, snow, fog, and sunshine. As a powerful king, he decided to change things so he could get more. The book is a wonderful look at the perils of getting what you think you want, a great lesson for children to learn at an early age. Unlike other Dr. Seuss books, this one is mostly in prose. The color in the illustrations is limited to green to flesh out the oobleck. The drawings and the humor though are first rate Dr. Seuss! Bartholomew is the King's page boy, and the king's source of common sense. When the king decides to call in his magicians to create oobleck, Bartholomew's warnings are unheeded. Even the magicians give a warning, for they have never made oobleck before and don't quite know how it will turn out. Nevertheless, the king orders the magicians to go ahead. When the first green drops hit, the king decides to declare a holiday. But soon there are problems. Oobleck is very sticky! And it's coming down in ever increasing quantities. What do you do? The resolution is a particularly good one, for it reinforces the moral that any willful thing we decide to do can be undone if we unbend our will. (It also encourages good manners.) Reading this book reminded me of when I was about five. I only liked to eat junk food. I begged my parents to buy ever larger quantities. Finally, my mother said. 'All right. You're in charge of buying food for yourself this week. You'll have only that to eat.' I stocked up on potato chips, candy, soft drinks, and other wonderful snacks. By the fourth day, I couldn't face any more junk food. I begged my mother to take back the job of selecting food for me! After you finish enjoying the story, I suggest that you also talk to your child about how to get rid of unexpected substances. This can be a great encourager of creativity. For years, I have used an interview question that I learned during a scholarship interview while I was in high school. What would you do if you woke up one morning and the world was covered to a depth of 30 feet by ping pong balls? A good lesson to reinforce is to encourage your child to consider what could go wrong, and how to handle that, before trying to make some change. That approach is good training for the realities of life. Enjoy what you have! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution
Guest More than 1 year ago
We love the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck.It is a very funny and exciting book. We really like the part when the Oobleck was raining down. We also liked when the magicians made the Oobleck come down. We also learned a great lesson about listening when someone gives you a good idea. This is a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great introduction for teaching a lesson on the three states of matter. This book is exciting and keeps the children's attention while also teaching a valuable lesson. You can then help the children to experiment by making Oobleck. The children will want to read this book again and again. It is great for all age levels.