There’s a WOCKET in my POCKET!


Published 1974 by Random House


There’s a Wocket in my Pocket is narrated by a young boy that goes through his house and points out all of the strange creatures in it. It is very simple and consist entirely of made up creatures rhyming with the location that they are found. All of the creatures and locations are as follows:

Findow – Windowdr_seus_book_theres_a_wocket_in_my_pocket_vintage_book_club_reissue_27d0f198

Nook Gase – Book Case

Wasket – Basket

Nureau – Bureau

Woset- Closet

Jertain – Curtain (also throws in Certain)

Zlock – Clock

Zelf – Shelf

Nink – Sink

Zamp – Lamp

Yot – Potwasket

Yottle – Bottle

Zable – Table

Ghair – Chair

Bofa – Sofa

Nupboards – Cupboards

Nooth Grush – Tooth Brush51660_3-dr-seuss-theres-a-wocket-in-my-pocket

Vug – Rug

Quimney – Chimney

Zall – Hall

Yeps Steps

Yeller, Nellar, Gellar, Dellar, Bellar, Wellar, Zellar – Cellar

Geeling – Ceiling

Zower – Shower

Zillow – Pillow

At no point within the story does he ever say “there is a wocket in my pocket” that is strictly on the cover and title page. He does, however, have different feelings about the creatures.

“Some are friendlywocketpocketDSCN2421
Some are NOT.

I like the
on the TABLE.

But that BOFA
on the SOFA…

I wish
he wasn’t there.”

He is also scared of the Vug under the rug and the Zall scooting down the hall makes him nervous, but at the end of the book it is clear that overall he is very happy with the strange creatures in his house.

“I don’t care
if you believe it.
That’s the kind of house
I live in.
And I hope
we never leave it.”



Like most Bright and Early books there is no dedication.

Seuss’s secretary was often unable to distinguish his handwriting so when he put “Uug under the rug” she typed it out as “Vug under the rug.” He liked the change so much that he kept it for publication.

The pattern of the book remains the same throughout. Each new page brings 1) a new made-up creature and 2)  a regular household item. This repetition of pattern, as well as the fact that each creature rhymes with the household item, gives the child a strong sense of how to pronounce the letters they are seeing in front of them. By the time a child is reading this book they will already be familiar with the furniture and items being listed. They know the names of them and what they look like, but this book is teaching them what their names look like. They are learning how to sound out and spell.

IMG_8296It also, as usual, supports children’s creativity. Once again, the story is about a young boy’s imagination going wild. By the end of the book, just like in Seuss’ first book To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street or in McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Circus and If I Ran the Zoo, the boy doesn’t particularly care if you believe him or think he’s crazy, because he is happy with the story he has created with his imagination.

The later cover of the shortened version of the story must have been aimed at a Christmas release, because it changed the background color to green and threw on the candy cane/ Cat in the Hat stripes on the spine. Other than that it just flipped the image and put the entire title in full caps.



I absolutely love the craziness of this image. I enjoyed counting out and naming each creature and really looking close at each of their activities. I really like the guy playing tic-tac-toe with his toe.



I enjoy how matter of fact this simple sentence is and that he has a little smirk on his face as if he is not only aware of it, but a little bit proud of it.

“That’s the
kind of house
I live in.”


Thanks for reading,

Jack St.Rebor


One comment on “There’s a WOCKET in my POCKET!

  1. Rabab says:

    I enjoyed reading your writing more than reading the story itself, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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