© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

by Dr. Seuss
 Table of Contents

Bartholomew and the Oobleck Theme of Transformation

Whether it's King Derwin learning to apologize and be happy with what he's got, Bartholomew learning to stick to his guns, or Optimus Prime finding hope in humankind, there's a lot of transformation going down in Bartholomew and the Oobleck. In fact, we'll go so far as to say that this is kind of a transformation story; the kind where characters have to change (and fast) if they're going to solve any problems. Even the setting isn't exempt, transforming from peaceful and idyllic to a giant ooblecky mess and back again.

Questions and Answers

Questions the little ones might ask and how you might respond

Q: Why doesn't the King say "I'm sorry" sooner? I would have!
A: The King is less mature than you.

Q: Bartholomew's doing all the work! Why doesn't anyone help him?
A: They're trying; they're just incompetent. But Bartholomew also has got to learn not to back down from the King if he's ever going to get any real help.

Q: The kingdom looks so cool covered in oobleck. Where can I get some?
A: Is that the phone ringing?

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement