Book Review: The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

Rating: ★★★★☆

A magical tale about a boy whose hats begin to multiply when he attempts to remove them in respect for his king.  The king takes great umbrage at Bartholomew’s seeming disrespect, and everyone goes to great lengths in the attempt to render him hatless.  The story is enjoyable, with a great use of wordplay and suspense in building to a crescendo.  The respectful, innocent boy makes a nice hero as he endeavors to remove the mysteriously multiplying hats, and his actions do lead to a happy ending.

Some parents might object to the fact that the king calls some court magicians who chant incantations in the attempt to remove the hat, but since the incantations prove unsuccessful I don’t object too strenuously to their inclusion.  The king, unfortunately, is pompous and arrogant, and the obnoxious duke is downright mean-spirited.  However, the duke gets his comeuppance in the end, and the King’s pride is well addressed in the sequel.  This story is charming and funny, enjoyable for children and adults.

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Publication Information: Seuss, Dr.. 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, The. . 1938. ISBN: 039484484X.
Categories: 4 Stars, Age 04-08, Books Children Love,
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Posted on May 2, 2009

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