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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck


by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Paragraph 32-33 Summary

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  • Here we get some Seussian spells. And get this—they rhyme. It wouldn't be a Seuss book without a little rhyme, after all.
  • Like the master he is, Seuss opens the magicians' verse with, "Oh, snow and rain are not enough!" In doing this, he illuminates the very essence of the story's problem: the King's greed. Because it's not just that snow and rain aren't enough. Nothing is enough. Or, everything is not enough. Or… you get the picture.
  • Again, throughout the verse, there's a clear sense that the magicians (the adults) have no idea what they're doing. They're just chucking things in that magical crockpot. Want a little long sour lizard skin? Be our guest. How about a stocking full of dust? We could use a little flavor. And grab an onion and a chair while you're up.
  • In simple ABAB rhyme scheme and a chant like no other, the magicians bring down society.
  • At least they manage to get in a good game of thumb war while they're at it.

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