Originally published in 1938, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is Dr. Seuss’s second published children’s book. In honor of its 75th anniversary, Random House released a special foil-covered, color-enhanced edition today. The publisher is also launching a year-long celebration of Dr. Seuss and his time-honored books with a “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss” campaign.
The campaign kick-off starts on February 4th at 11:00 a.m. at the New York Public Library. Participants will be breaking the Guinness World Record for most people wearing Dr. Seuss hats (300!), plus children can get a tour of Dr. Seuss’s personal hat collection. Racer Jeff Gordon will be on hand to read The Cat In The Hat to everyone in attendance.
When first published, The New York Times lauded 500 Hats as ”A lovely bit of tom-foolery which keeps up the suspense and surprise until the last page.” True to form, the good doctor presents readers with the delightfully strange story of Bartholomew Cubbins who, despite many attempts, cannot remove his hat for the King when the royal carriage approaches. Each time he removes a hat, another appears atop his head! This continues until Bartholomew (quite literally) sheds 500 hats and almost loses his head.
Take a look at some of the great illustrations below, then see contest rules to enter:
Bartholomew 1 of 5On his way to greet the King.
Hats 2 of 5Where do they keep coming from?
Flying! 3 of 5Hats flying off Bartholomew's head!
How many? 4 of 5It's hard to keep track!
The King 5 of 5From "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins."
We’ve got two copies to give away to readers, so leave us a comment about what your favorite Dr. Seuss book is and why and we’ll enter your name in a random drawing. (Comments only count if you make them on this post using Babble comments, not using Facebook-linked comments on this post, or by commenting on a link to this post on Facebook. Got it?) Each email address will only be entered once, please only leave one comment to enter. You can enter starting January 22nd at 5:40 pm EST, and the contest will close on Friday, January 25th at 4:59 pm EST. Two winners will be chosen at random on Friday, January 25th at 5 pm EST.
Winners will be contacted via email, so you must use an accurate email address (don’t worry, it’s not visible to the public) to leave your comment. Your email address will not be used for other purposes. The book, available for $14.95, will be mailed to you by Random House if you win. If you do not reply within 7 days to your winning notification with your mailing address, the book will not be sent to you and and an alternate winner will be chosen by random drawing. Good luck!
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds will depend on the number of eligible entries. See the complete general rules and eligibility requirements that apply to all giveaways here.
Images courtesy of Random House.
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