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Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck


by Dr. Seuss

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Paragraphs 4-6 Summary

What the Seuss?

  • No matter what weather he gets—good, bad, and anywhere in between—the King isn't satisfied.
  • Between the italics and the repeated language here, Seuss is building up tension, stacking one layer after the next until we've got one groaning, Leaning Tower of Pisa kind of problem.
  • Seuss is essentially writing us a key: he growled at that = CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS GUY?
  • Can you hear the frustration in all of the repetition of "at that"? This guy is unbelievable.

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