I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today

And Other Stories

Book - 1969
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Three stories in verse: "I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today, " "King Looie Katz, " and "The Glunk That Got Thunk."
Three stories in verse: In the first, a cat brags that he can beat up 30 tigers and then proceeds to whittle down the number for various reasons. In the second story, a king cat insists on having his tail held by another cat which eventually causes problems for the whole kingdom. In the final story, a little girl thinks up a "Glunk" who creates havoc and refuses to disappear.
Publisher: New York, Random House [1969]
ISBN: 9780394800943
Characteristics: [65] p. col. illus. 29 cm.


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Mar 21, 2018

The best Dr Seuss book ever. It shaped my outlook on the very nature of subjective reality, the randomness of duty/obeisance/hegemony, the pompousness of force and its justice served, and the lesson of politics in service of short-term goals. In order: Glunk, Looie, Lick30, and King. Subversive to narrow-minded, enlightening to children. Enjoy.

Sep 24, 2014

This book contains 3 separate Dr. Seuss stories.

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today is about a cat in the hat character who plans on beating up 30 tigers, but he realizes he can't do it and begins sending tigers away until he gets down to just one tiger. Then he says, "I'll beat you up right after lunch."

King Looie Katz is about a king cat who loves his tail so much that he puts someone in charge of holding up his tail all day long. Then that person wants the same service and so on until one big line is formed. But the last cat in line feels cheated and quits the job which inspires everyone else to become more "demo-catic."

The Glunk that Got Thunk is about a little girl who dreams up soft fuzzy little things every day after dinner. But one day she wants more so she dreams bigger. But that dream become much too much for her and her brother must come along and save her.

I was disappointed in the quality of the verse in stories 2 and 3 and the messages in stories 1 and 3. One tells us about beating up tigers, and the final story says little girls should just keep on dreaming warm fuzzy little girl dreams because they can't handle more.

I love Dr. Seuss, but I do not feel these stories live up to those of his that send good messages like The Lorax or The Sneetches or those stories that are absurdly entertaining like One Fish Two Fish and Fox in Socks.

Apr 18, 2013

This is our least favourite Dr. Seuss book ever. The title story is about beating up the tigers, not licking them (both of which are weird). The other stories did not catch our fancy either. Neither parents, nor 9 year old nor 6 year old enjoyed this book.


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Sep 24, 2014

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