Friday, January 22, 2010

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Author: Dr. Seuss

First line: The still talk about it in the Kingdom of Didd as The-Year-the-King-Got-Angry-with-the-Sky.

Why you should read this book: Feeling haughty and in control, King Derwin summons up that which he cannot put down, commanding his royal magicians to create a completely new kind of weather to demonstrate his power, despite the unheard protestations of the amazingly competent pageboy, Bartholomew Cubbins. When the King’s wish is granted with the arrival of the terrible Oobleck, it is up to Bartholomew to try to save the kingdom from becoming complete bogged down in sticky, greenish goo. By turns chilling and amusing, this prose story from the master of rhyme illustrates the power of taking ownership of ones mistakes and the importance of apologizing when you’ve really, really screwed up.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You never say you’re sorry.

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