Many adults grow up and find themselves talking to…well, themselves, during times when their mind is at conflict with itself. Children, however, don’t quite understand the internal dialogue that can go on in their minds. And, let’s face it, an internal dialogue for a young child must seem like a very confusing thing! Dr. Seuss’s childrens books, as always, comes to the rescue, this time with a book that very few Seuss lovers know: Hunches in Bunches.
Hunches in Bunches is all about one poor boy who simply can’t make up his mind! Because he can’t figure out what to do, he meets a number of different Hunches – the Very Odd Hunch, the Homework Hunch, the Four-Way Hunch, the Sour Hunch, and the Nowhere Hunch. Each of these Hunches has their own opinion and makes their opinion known in a very loud way! The boy, however, finds that he’s so confused that he just doesn’t know what to do! “I really didn’t know if I wanted to go to the barber shop or to Boise, Idaho!”
The only complaint that some parents have with Hunches in Bunches is that it has the words stupid and dumb in it, and some small children may need explanation so that they understand that those words are “not nice” words. This book, however, is great at explaining to children in a simple and easy-to-understand way that our minds often run in many directions at once, and figuring out which Hunch to follow can be tricky!