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

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679882831
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 11/28/1996
Series: Bright and Early Board Books Series
Edition description: BOARD
Pages: 24
Sales rank: 11,945
Product dimensions: 4.33(w) x 5.77(h) x 0.59(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 2 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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There's a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss's Book of Ridiculous Rhymes 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
rjmcwhorter1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very cute book with good illustrations. I would read to my kindergarten or first grade class, for sure.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This has become one of my favorite Seuss stories, although it wasn't on my radar when I was a child (I was more interested in his big titles, like Cat in the Hat or The Grinch). I've been reading it out loud to my two year old daughter, though, and love this whimsical story. As with his other books, the rhymes here are silly and feature an abundance of strange creatures with made-up names. Actually, this story may have more crazy animals than any other, because the pattern of the text is that a creature lives inside just about every household object that you can think of, and their name rhymes with their domicile. For instance, a ghair lives under the chair and nubboards live in the cupboards. The reason I like this particular story so much is because it reminds me of when I was a little girl, and saw the world with imaginative eyes. At the beginning the narrator, a young boy, says that his house is a little strange and he likes it that way. He likes meeting all the zany characters inhabiting his house, whether they're friendly (most are), unfriendly, or sometimes even a bit creepy. I can remember being able to envision the infinite possibilities around me, being able to see fairies or treasures or ghosts; now, that ability doesn't come as easily. I want my daughter to have as rich an imagination as this book portrays, and I personally like stepping back inside childish innocence and wonder for a time and remembering when a potential creature hid behind every door, under every blanket.
mrs.mackey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Theres a Wocket in My Pocket" is a book filled with silly rhymes and made-up characters. Characters include wockets, zamps, bofas etc. The illustrations are classic of all Dr. Seuss illustrations. This book is fun to read with all of the silly rhymes. It is almost like singing an short song. I like the last two pages the best. There is one page filled with a long rhyme that is fun to try to say really fast. In the classroom, I would ask my students if they could think of any silly names for a make believe character of their own. It would be interesting to see what they could come up with.
WowWowWowWowWow More than 1 year ago
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.
Tunguz More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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VeronikaB More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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elizroberson More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 11 and I still love this book!