There’s A Wocket In My Pocket is a colourfully illustrated book for children which tells the story of a young boy who goes about his house pointing to a host of strange creatures, some of which he likes and others that he doesn’t. The way in which he describes each object gives us an insight into what he feels about each of them. For example, the unnamed narrator accepts the furry green Wocket protruding from his trouser back pocket, belittles the Noothgrush on his toothbrush and faces the Quimney up his chimney with such bravery.
The creatures in the book are all imaginative and rhyme with the location at which they are placed. For example there is Findow-Window, Zelf-Shelf, Yottle-Bottle, Zlock-Clock, Wasket-Basket, Zable-Table, Ghair-Chair, Bofa-Sofa, Zillow-Pillow and numerous others. What is more, the little boy seems not to care whether we believe him or not. He is just happy with the imaginative story that he has come up with.
The rhyming words make the story almost like a song, making it easy for children to memorise and recite and are a great help to toddlers who are still learning to speak. The rhymes add an element of fun to learning and help in keeping boredom at bay.
About Dr. Seuss
Theodor Seuss Geisel was a poet, writer, and cartoonist popularly known for his children’s books which he also illustrated himself.
His other works include The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham.
He began his stories with a moralistic tone and chose rather to incorporate certain issues like environmentalism, racial equality, anti-consumerism and materialism into his stories.
He was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended Springfield Central High School before going to Dartmouth College. Upon his graduation in 1925, he enrolled at Lincoln College, Oxford but returned to the United States of America without earning a degree, but not before he met his future wife Helen Palmer whom he married in 1927. He has sold more than 600 million copies of his books which have also been translated into more than 20 languages. Sixteen of his books also made it to the Publishers Weekly list of best-selling children’s books of all time in 2000. There have been numerous film and television series adaptations of his works too. Dr. Seuss was also presented with the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Horton Hatches the Egg and And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.