Book Review: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

Book Review There's a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

Imagination and rhymes, all Dr. Seuss books cover in aplenty. Sample how this book kicks off:

Did you ever have the 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 there’s a JERTAIN in the CURTAIN.

With a host of crazy crackpot creatures, from wockets in pockets to waskets in baskets, this hilarious books helps young children set off on the road to reading.

This delightful book forms part of the second stage in HarperCollins’ major Dr. Seuss rebrand programme. With the relaunch of 10 more titles in August 2003, such all-time favourites as How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? and Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book boast bright new covers that incorporate much needed guidance on reading levels: Blue Back Books are for parents to share with young children, Green Back Books are for budding readers to tackle on their own, and Yellow Back Books are for older, more fluent readers to enjoy. There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! belongs to the Blue Back Book range.

Though this book was interesting with super cool illustratons, it did not turn into a hit with my 3 year old now, for perhaps I did an overdose of Dr. Seuss for him. Shall I wait for few more years to re-introduce it to him (when he would start creating fictional words of his own), what do you think? Please do tell me in the comments below! 

Do check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 7/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 30
Publication Year: 1974

Book Review: Dr Seuss’ ABC by Dr. Seuss


Book Review ABC by Dr. Seuss

For the kids how many books do we buy which just focus on the alphabets, the ABCs. I too have got aplenty.

But only yesterday, I got to know that I was teaching it all wrong (the traditional way, of course) like A for Apple, B for Ball. And that I should focus on phonics (the sound) so that kids can identify the words easily with the sound. Now, do not do random google/ YouTube search for phonics for kids; try jolly phonics! It is so much interesting that kids can correlate even baingan (hindi word for brinjal) with B (sound ba) and even that is not considered wrong by the teachers. I have just started learning these sounds in a formal way so that I can tell my son too. How about you? Did you know this? Or tell me some of your interesting ways of education in these covid lockdown times of no formal schooling! 

Back to the book and this blog post in particular: This classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss is perfect for children learning their ABCs. Featuring a fantastic cast of zany characters—from Aunt Annie’s alligator to the Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz, with a lazy lion licking a lollipop and an ostrich oiling an orange owl—Dr. Seuss’s ABC is a must-have for every young child’s library. With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as fun and as funny as the feather on a Fiffer-feffer-feff! When I read it earlier (6 months back), I was like what incoherent write-up this book is all about, but from today, I have started understanding it better – the basis of random words put together. Better late than never, right?

Do check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Dr. Seuss’ ABC
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 63
Publication Year: 1963

Book Review: Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

Book Review Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss

Hop on Pop!! Oops…

This charming book introduces young children to words that rhyme, such as Hop and Pop, Cup and Pup, Mouse and House, Tall and Small. And once they have learned to recognize one word, children soon find to their delight they can read another simply by changing the first letter. Yes, this is a book for early learners, like till age of 5, which teaches simple rhyming. Okay, sample this:

Mr. BROWN Mrs. BROWN
Mr. Brown upside down.
Pup up. Brown down.
Pup is down. Where is Brown?
WHERE IS BROWN? THERE IS BROWN!
Mr. Brown is out of town.

And it is not just the lines, for they look so bland by themselves. But add big images for each line, and you have one which your kid may come to like. Mine was specifically in Mr. Brown story and of course, Hop on Pop, and oops with this line, he actually did!

Not very great, but it is a good book to introduce your kids (ekdum little ones) to Dr. Seuss world. Do check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Hop On Pop
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 64
Publication Year: 1963

Book Review: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Book Review Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Another hit book, this Green Eggs and Ham! Though it was initially not a favorite in our home and I started wondering if days of Dr. Seuss are finally over at my place, for Aaru was not ready to even turn its pages after first few. And then one fine day, he asked me to tell the complete story. And yayy, we (both of us – Aaru and I) liked it. I specially! Because it had such a simple message – even if you do not want to try something to eat (or do), at least try once and you may love it (the food, or the activity). Have you as an adult done something which you never wanted to, but then suddenly plunged right into it and it turned out to be the X-factor of your life? Right, yes? Make the kids learn this too, subtly (or not so subtly)! 

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” asks Sam-I-am in this Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. In a house or with a mouse? In a boat or with a goat? On a train or in a tree? Sam keeps asking persistently. With unmistakable characters and signature rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s beloved favorite has cemented its place as a children’s classic. In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

The book was again a rhyming one for kids (we adults too) to easily remember the short sentences. And the one Sam-I-am was troubling so much looked so much like the baffled Mr. Knox of Fox in Socks.

Sample few lines:

I will not eat them in a house
I will not eat them with a mouse
I will not eat them in a box 
I will not eat them with a fox
I will not eat them here or there
I will not eat them anywhere
I do not like green eggs and ham
I do not like them Sam I am

So irritating it sounds, right? And that’s why in the end Mr. Knox (that’s what we called the other guy) relented and said:

I do so love Green Eggs and Ham.
Thank you. Thank you, Sam-I-am.

Suitable for kids of any age… And check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Green Eggs and Ham
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 64
Publication Year: 1960

Book Review: Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

Book Review Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss

See image of any book on my blog and if it is like really big, then know that it was a fun read in our home for a really really long long time. Fox in Socks turned out to be a such a hit for my 3 year old that I was myself surprised. This was a book he wanted for its picture was at the end of the one we were currently reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.  

In this hilarious book, the irrepressible Fox in Socks teaches a baffled Mr. Knox some of the slickest, quickest tongue-twisters in town. And the tongue twisters were such that in the start when I initially started reading the book, in a few places, I also got baffled like Mr. Knox. What!?! You do not believe me, that how a kid book can be challenging for an adult! Okay, fine, sample this:

When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles
and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…
…they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle
bottle paddle battle.

 Haha right! Go, get this book for its incoherent nonsense! Suitable for kids of any age… And check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Fox in Socks
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 64
Publication Year: 1965

Book Review: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Book Review Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

I had heard a lot about Dr. Seuss books so much so that at one time, I had contemplated buying the book while I was pregnant. Oh, not for my reading, but to the as-yet unborn kiddo but then I did not for I had already succumbed to the love of reading on Kindle. Then Aaru was born and I again started thinking about Dr. Seuss and finally in the lockdown when Amazon deliveries started, I made a big list and ordered whatever books I could get my hand on, for, of course, Aaru only. And one of them was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss.

A simple rhyming book for learner readers, it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl, and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets. So so much imagination!! The fun that Aaru and I had, when I read aloud its words so much so that he started picking up few to finish my short sentences before I could! 

Sample some of the lines:

Did you ever fly a kite in bed?
Did you ever walk with ten cats on your head?
Did you ever milk this kind of cow?
Well, we can do it. We know how.
If you never did, you should.
These things are fun and fun is good.

 Another one:

Some are sad.
And some are glad.
And some are very, very bad.
Why are they
Sad and glad and bad?
I do not know.
Go ask your dad.

And that’s the only trigger point I asked Aaru to involve his papa in book reading.

We read this book continuously for few months and now it’s stored as a classic at the back of his 100 book storage shelf. Do buy it for fun reading with your little ones (Aaru is 3 years old)! And check out reviews of more of Dr Seuss books here.

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. His work includes many of the most popular children’s books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages.

Website: seussville.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Author: Dr. Seuss
Pages: 64
Publication Year: 1960

Book Review: Wolves by Emily Gravett

Book Review Wolves by Emily Gravett

After Meerkat Mail being such a hit at my home, I had to get hold of another Emily Gravett. And thus, I picked this book Wolves.

WOLVES What do wolves really like to eat? It isn’t little girls in red hoods. Rabbits shouldn’t believe what they read in fairy tales, but this book has the facts.

And that’s true. It is such a simple book which grows momentum like a dark creepy story it is with facts about wolves. It is so dark that even after telling an alternate ending, it still stucks in my mind. But then, thankfully, my kid loves the book for its big sketches and plain vanilla facts.

This being a 10th anniversary edition, we get to read another small story inside the same book, which is a story about 10 rabbits who are eaten one by one and only one left who goes to the library to read a book about, yes, you guessed it right, Wolves. So you know, it is kind of like a prequel to Wolves. 

But will I read this book again after the a month long period of borrowing is over, naah….Nope! Aaru and I are waiting to read another of Emily Gravett’s book, which I hope would be more interesting.

Have you read this book with your kid? What were your thoughts as an adult and as your kid? 

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE’S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON’T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughter.

Website: emilygravett.com

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Wolves
Author: Emily Gravett
Pages: 40
Publication Year: 2005

Book Review: Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson, Anna Currey

Book Review Rosie's Hat by Julia Donaldson, Anna Currey

Rosie’s Hat by Julia Donaldson reminded me of another book Benny’s Hat that my son and I had got few month’s back from Firstcry.com (cost of that one was just Rs.50). But overall similarity being kept aside, this being a Julia Donaldson book was a complete package – rhyming tales, focus on sounds and phonics, beautiful classic kind of illustrations and the story of a “lost” hat. Sample the kind of dialogue there is:

The wind blows high, the wind blows low.
PUFF, PUFF! BLOW, BLOW!
Rosie’s hat blows off a cliff.
BOO-HOO! SNIFF, SNIFF!

So, here is how the frame of the story goes: 

One little girl, one smart hat, a gust of wind, and we’re off on a whole hatful of adventures! Because this isn’t just any old hat. It can also be a toy for a dog, a hiding-place for a mouse, a frisbee for some children and a nest for some birds. Surely poor Rosie will never find her hat again – or will she? This is a story of nostalgia, of those beaches and of sand hills we made once. Ah, those old times! But when we come back to the book, even though my son loved hearing the story, I felt a bit disconnected because the illustrations were related but the story felt a bit broken. But then, whatever these kids like, is what we want for them, right?

Life has still got so many surprises for us, even if you think you are too old. Am I too old? Ya. Are you too old? You tell me, in the comments below. You can get this book for the early learners (kids of around 4 years of age).

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Julia Donaldson is an acclaimed author, playwright & performer whose catalogue features more 180 published works. She published her first book in 1993, & is well known for her collaborations with illustrator Axel Scheffler. In 1999, her most famous tale, The Gruffalo was released, resulting in massive success & establishing her as one of the UK’s most popular & renown children’s writers.

Rating: 8/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Rosie’s Hat
Author: Julia Donaldson, Anna Currey (Illustrator)
Pages: 32
Publication Year: 2005

Book Review: Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt

Book Review Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt

Ah, another Julia Donaldson book and such a simple one at that. I looked at the book I got from Appu World library of Hyderabad and thought how it can hold my son’s interest, I mean the book was that simple! But I was proved wrong and Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose became one of his favorite book. Such a chocolaty name no, want to know more about it? 

Learning good table manners has never been this much fun! 
“Chocolate mousse!” says greedy Goose. “Don’t just grab it,” says angry Rabbit. Good manners are not on the menu at this meal. Duck won’t eat his carrots. Moth is eating the cloth, and Sheep would rather sleep than wash the dishes. Thank goodness, some of the animals know how to behave. Children’s favorite foods and animals are combined in delicious rhyming phrases, making this story of the funniest dinner party ever perfect to read aloud. And the entire story is of one big dining table, where each page has picture of few animals and of another’s part of the body slightly visible to help in guessing which animal/bird is going to be the next. Aaru and I must have read it 100s of times within a month’s duration, yes, that favorite it turned out to.

By the way, chocolates are my favorite, what about you? And if it’s your kids too, take a bite and get hold of this book (recommended age for kids till 4 years).

Keep watching my blog for more kids books!!

About the author:
Julia Donaldson is an acclaimed author, playwright & performer whose catalogue features more 180 published works. She published her first book in 1993, & is well known for her collaborations with illustrator Axel Scheffler. In 1999, her most famous tale, The Gruffalo was released, resulting in massive success & establishing her as one of the UK’s most popular & renown children’s writers.

Rating: 9/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose 
Author: Julia Donaldson, Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)
Pages: 24
Publication Year: 2005

Book Review: Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Book Review Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett

Why such a big image for this book, you ask me? Now, that’s because Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravette turned out to be a non-ending favorite of my son so much so that even though this was a library book rented out for a month, I had started contemplating if I would have to buy this one from Amazon. 

I prefer books on Kindle for myself, but to make reading a better habit for Aaru, I have 100s of books for him at home. And what does he choose most of the time – the latest book which we buy (now borrow from library) and keep at home. So here goes the review of his current favorite book –

Sunny the meerkat lives with his enormous family in the Kalahari desert, a family which is a tad bit too close knit. And like all of us stuck at home in Covid times, he dreams of going out and one day he does (and we will too one fine day, but right now, do not lose hope and stay safe in your home). Sunny goes to visit his mongoose cousins. But from the watery world of the Marsh Mongoose to the nocturnal lifestyle of the Malagasy Mongoose, Sunny just doesn’t fit in (and will we come back home too like Sunny!? Shhh, do not tell my office colleagues). The way the story is drafted to the 3D effect it gave through lift the postcard, is so interesting. It is a story with such simple sketches for a kid to correlate (and draw for a kid of older age). It is not just a lift the flap book (the ones that abound in market) and that is what makes it all interesting and the end message – Home sweet home, after all! Alas, I too want to go home and meet my parents 😥

And ah, the important thing what the book tells me – keep collecting postcards next time I visit a new place and make it into a scrap book for years to cherish (and of course, for Aaru to play with it).

– From a mom always on the lookout of interesting kid activities to do 

About the author:
Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children’s Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE’S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON’T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughter.

Website: emilygravett.com

Rating: 10/10
Genre: Children Book
Book Name: Meerkat Mail
Author: Emily Gravett
Pages: 32
Publication Year: 2006

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