The majority of Dr. Seuss books that you’ll find in the childrens books section are filled with rhyme and beautiful illustrations. Some of his older work, though, isn’t filled with the same rhyming scheme that we’re so used to hearing from the good Doctor. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is one of those few earlier books that has a great story to it, but doesn’t have the same sing-song rhyme scheme that we’ve come to love from Dr. Seuss.
This story is all about Bartholomew, who sells cranberries at the market for his family. One day he gets stopped by the king, who tells Bartholomew to take his hat off. But his hat is already off, as the king can plainly see the hat in his hands, even though there’s another hat on his head! As The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins goes on, more and more hats appear on Bartholomew’s head as he keeps taking hats off.
Poor Bartholomew never has it easy, as the story goes on and tons of experts are called to figure out what is going on with this zany character. The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is a wonderful story for children that is filled with fun and tomfoolery. Children who are older will enjoy the fact that there is no rhyming in the story, while those who are older will love the classic Dr. Seuss drawings and colors that they are so used to enjoying now.