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Celebrate the 75th birthday of this classic treatise on bullying by Dr. Seuss with our new foil-covered, color-enhanced Anniversary Edition! As topical today as when it was once first published in 1938, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is the story of a young peasant (the same as in Bartholomew and the Oobleck—a Caldecott Honor Award-winner), and his unjust remedy at the hands of King Derwin. At the same time as The 500 Hats is one of Dr. Seuss’s earliest and lesser known works, it is on the other hand totally Seussian and addresses subjects that we know the good doctor was once passionate about all over his life: the abuse of power (as in Yertle the Turtle and Horton Hears a Who); rivalry (as in The Sneetches); and of course, zany good humor (as in The Cat in the Hat and the 43 other books he wrote and illustrated)! Available for a limited time only, it is a perfect way to introduce new readers to an old classic, or to reward existing fans.
The haughty ruler of Didd, King Derwin (who would foolishly go on to summon green goo from the sky in his later years) showed the first signs of his silly self-importance back in this 1938 Seuss classic, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
When Bartholomew visits town someday, selling cranberries at the market for his parents, the King’s procession screeches to a halt in front of him; King Derwin then leans out of his coach, demanding to know why Bartholomew hasn’t respectfully removed his hat. “But, Sire, my hat is off.” He shows the king the hat in his hands that he’s just doffed, but sure enough, another identical one sits atop his head. He takes that hat off only to reveal another… and another, and another, and another. Poor Bartholomew goes through 45 hats, then 136, then 233, as the angry king calls in every expert in the kingdom, from Sir Snipps the haberdasher to the Father of the Father of Nadd. After all, Bartholomew barely gets away with his head (overlook about the hats!), as Seuss spins this weird and wacky tale, a odd thing that “just happened to happen and was once not very likely to happen again.” (Ages 4 to 8) –Paul Hughes