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The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins (1938)

by Dr. Seuss

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At first, Bartholomew Cubbins has just one hat, but when the King orders him to take it off, he finds he cannot-each time there is another on his head. ( )
  Stsmurphy | Jun 5, 2014 |
A cleverly written book about a king and a boy who do not get along and are both frustrated. The King is jealous of the boy's hat. Every time the king orders the boy to take out his hat, is ti soon replaced by another. This is a good book for K-3 readers to hike up their interest in reading and learing a fun story. ( )
  sabdelaz | Mar 25, 2014 |
Bartholomew Cubbins happens to be along the cobblestone street when the King of Didd passes by and notices that Bartholomew has not removed his hat before the king. But Bartholomew has removed his hat, it's just that a new one has re-appeared in its place. As more and more hats emerge on Bartholomew's head, he finds himself in deeper and deeper trouble with the king!

This book is one of the earliest ones written by children's author Dr. Seuss and therefore least resembles his later books. Typical Seussical elements such as rhyming, tongue twisters, alliteration, imaginary creatures, and so forth are missing here. The illustrations do have his style at heart but are nonetheless a bit more realistic than his later ones. Still, none of that is to say this is not a good book. Indeed, it's a magnificent book with a fairy tale like story of fantastical magic. It's rather funny and the appearance of a variety of interesting characters makes it interesting to read aloud to young children if you're willing to attempt various voices. I also enjoyed how the illustrations were all black in white except with a hint of red for Bartholomew's many hats.

Do be aware, however, that this book is rather lengthy compared to other Dr. Seuss titles. This is not a beginner reader book that an emergent reader will sit down with on their own and it will take some time to read aloud. I think it's more than worth the effort and found that my 6-year-old babysitting charge was enraptured throughout the entire reading. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Mar 8, 2014 |
I think I read/looked through it 10 times in a row and haven't seen it since, but I still remember the pictures ( )
  EhEh | Apr 3, 2013 |
This is not a typical Dr. Seuss book, and sadly I wan't a huge fan. Maybe it was because I went into it thinking it would be more like his others and was very surprised to find that it was very long and less whimsical, although it does have a sense of fantasy to it with the magically appearing hats. I also had a hard time really seeing the message in it like his others, but it does nod to the notion of patience and understanding. ( )
  KellyLPickett | Mar 28, 2013 |
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In the beginning, Bartholomew Cubbins didn't have five hundred hats.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 039484484X, Hardcover)

The haughty ruler of Didd, King Derwin (who would foolishly go on to summon green goo from the sky in his later years) showed the first signs of his silly self-importance back in this 1938 Seuss classic, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.

When Bartholomew visits town one day, selling cranberries at the market for his parents, the King's procession screeches to a halt in front of him; King Derwin then leans out of his coach, demanding to know why Bartholomew hasn't respectfully removed his hat. "But, Sire, my hat is off." He shows the king the hat in his hands that he's just doffed, but sure enough, another identical one sits atop his head. He takes that hat off only to reveal another... and another, and another, and another. Poor Bartholomew goes through 45 hats, then 136, then 233, as the angry king calls in every expert in the kingdom, from Sir Snipps the haberdasher to the Father of the Father of Nadd. In the end, Bartholomew barely gets away with his head (forget about the hats!), as Seuss spins this weird and wacky tale, a strange thing that "just happened to happen and was not very likely to happen again." (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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Each time Bartholomew Cubbins attempts to obey the King's order to take off his hat, he finds there is another one on his head.

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