Pros: Rhyming, fun verse, imaginative illustrations, good for teaching reading.
Cons: Simple theme repeated over and over, story nearly non existent.
Did you ever have a feeling there’s a Wasket in your Basket? Or a Nureau in your Bureau? Or a Woset in your Closet? Sometimes I feel quite Certain that there is a Jertain in the Curtain.
There is a “Wocket in my Pocket” is about a boy describing his life in his strange house which is inhabited by strange creatures with strange names. There’s a Zlock behind the Clock, a Nink in the sink, a Yottle that lives in a bottle, a bunch of Yeps who occupy his steps, a Quimney up his chimney, a Noothgrush on his toothbrush, and on and on. He likes many of the creatures in his house and it gives him many friends. However, he does not like the Quimney and the Noothgrush, but the only one he is afraid of is the Vug under the rug.
Each sentence (or creature) is accompanied by a full page colorful illustration. The illustrations feature the household item in question as well as the creature(s). The creatures are typically fuzzy and cuddly and friendly looking but they are also strange looking. The illustrations are quite interesting to look at, which is why you may go through the book slowly as you read it the first few times. The rhymes, the silly sounding names for the creatures and the helpful illustrations, all encourage beginning readers to recognize household words. The book is also quite entertaining to young kids.
When the kids were younger we read most of the Dr. Seuss books to them, including this one, and then they read them to us. They learned to read at a very early age. Since we no longer need these books we are in the process of donating them to various charities. I also sent some of the Dr. Seuss books to my nieces inSwedenso that they could learn English. We have many good children’s books inSweden. However, I think that the kind of silly and fun learning to read books that Dr. Seuss wrote are quite unique. It is an American treasure.
We’ve read some really awesome Dr. Seuss books, Green Eggs and Ham, Ten Apples up on Top, the Cat in the Hat, and the Cat in the Hat comes Back, and the Lorax. Even though this book is fun, imaginatively illustrated, and a good book for teaching kids how to read, it does not compare with the aforementioned master pieces. After all it follows a very simple repetitive theme throughout the book and the story is nearly non existent. The story is basically; boy names all the creatures in his house. The creativity is also not as brilliant as in those other books. Therefore I feel a four star rating is appropriate. Naturally I am still recommending the book.
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