There's a Wocket in My Pocket

Book review by
Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media
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This is a terrific read-aloud or primer.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Like many of Dr. Seuss' books, the made-up words can be a challenge for children still learning to read. However, the creatures' unique names can also be used to help young readers sound words out and eventually visualize rhymes.

Violence & Scariness

Small children who fear monsters under beds and in closets may be scared of the unseen creatures. However, the book's light-hearted tone may actually help them cope with these fears. The book was republished in 1996 and was edited to remove the scarier creatures such as the Red under the bed and the Vug under the rug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book will have listeners calling out rhymes and chortling over witty details in the illustrations. Fun made-up creatures will entertain.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byDogLover in DE June 3, 2011

silly and fun

Just fun and silly to read.
Adult Written byLowe's man April 21, 2016

one of Dr. Seuss's best

The creatures and the colors and the drawings in general are splendid. The names are very creative as well (such as the Nook Gase in the Book Case). The house... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebma97 November 18, 2010

Wacky story about a boy's house with weird creatures

This is a funny book with weird creatures. The main character (a boy whose name is unknown) seems to have a lot of wacky stuff in his house. Some of them he doe... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byshawnbebe May 7, 2009

What's the story?

A boy lives in a house where it's commonplace to find a ZOWER enjoying a nice hot shower or a ZELF napping on a pantry shelf. With some exceptions (such as the NOOTH GRUSH on his toothbrush), the boy likes his housemates. This is a terrific read-aloud or primer, illustrated in glowing orange, yellow, magenta, and purple.

 

Is it any good?

This simple, funny book appeals to everyone. The pictures and rhymes may help beginning readers with difficult vocabulary words, such as chimney and cupboards.

The book also has some of the prettiest color combinations of any Seuss book. One illustration combines pale yellow, blue-purple, and turquoise; another, magenta and orange accented with green. The cartoon drawings are simple yet expressive, and each creature has a personality that fits with the household item it inhabits: Since chimneys are mysterious, even dangerous places, the boy dislikes the (unseen) QUIMNEY, while the ZILLOW nestling on his pillow is cuddly and sleepy-looking.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the language and illustrations in this book. What are some of your favorite rhyming words in the story? What are some of your favorite pictures, and what do you like about them?

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