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Literature / There's a Wocket in My Pocket

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"Some of them are very friendly. Like the Yot in the Pot. But that Yottle in the Bottle! Some are friendly. Some are NOT."

There's a Wocket in my Pocket is a 1974 children's rhyming book by Dr. Seuss. Each page has a picture of a strange imaginary creature with a nonsense name which rhymes with its hiding place, as in the title. As it says, "some are friendly, some are not."

Considering that Seuss' books under this imprint were for years shackled with short and strict vocabulary lists, this book is an obvious Take That! of the talent enjoying the freedom to write as he wanted.


This work contains examples of:

  • Creator Cameo: The Bofa on the sofa he wishes wasn't there, reading a book and helping himself to the candy dish, looks really Ted Geisel-ish.
  • Curtain Camouflage: The Jertain in the curtain.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Come on, "wocket" (rocket) in my pocket?
  • Interspecies Friendship: "But the Yeps on the steps, they're great fun to have around. And so are many, many other friends that I have found."
  • Non-Indicative Name: There are, in fact, no wockets in the book. Or pockets.
  • Nothing Is Scarier:
    • The Vug under the Rug may be only a nondescript lump, but it's "the only one I'm really scared of," according to the narrator.
    • We only see the Jertain's feet, but the narrator doesn't like it.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: Even for Dr. Seuss, there are a lot of these, as nearly every line is describing a creature he invented for the story.
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  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The Vug under the Rug.


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