"This is not good. This is not right."

I seem to recall this or something like it from a Dr. Seuss book.

It sounds like this is something that fish in “Cat in the Hat” would say, but I don’t have any available.

Is this in a Dr. Seuss book, or did I imagine it?

Vaguely reminds me of shamefull event in junior high, but it was in fact the fish’s line from “The Cat in the Hat” when the Cat was balancing plates and juggling the fishbowl.

yes, it’s from The Cat in the Hat. I can’t remember the whole thing, though. I can’t find my kid’s copy of the book. It’s in her room somewhere, and she’s sleeping. I found The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, though! :slight_smile:

This is not good.
This is not right.
My feet stick out of bed all night.

And when I pull them in – oh, dear!
My head sticks out of bed up here!



I do not like this bed at all.
A lot of things have come to call.
A cow, a dog, a cat, a mouse,
Oh! What a bed!
Oh! What a house!

– ibid

(Nice to be able to re-pay the SPOOKY THING favor!)

Have you ever seen a pet as wet as they let this wet pet get?

I do…
I’m a Zizzer-Zazzer Zuzz as you can plainly see.

:::smacking self on forehead, writing note to self to actually look stuff up before I try to make people think I know something:::

Look what we found
In the park
In the dark.
We will take him home.
We will call him “Clark.”
He will live at our house.
He will grow and grow.
Will our mother like this?
We don’t know.

I’ve always found the above page from ONE FISH TWO FISH inexpressibly chilling.

I’m also beginning to get a little bit nervous that I’m able to quote so much of this stuff without going home to look it up…


I can’t believe I never checked “One Fish. . .” for it–and that was one of my favorites, along with “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Thanks a bunch, Uke.

The one I liked was the Geller and the Beller and the Neller in the Cellar.

Care to regale me with a final verse?

"But the Yeps on the steps–
They’re great fun to have around.

And so are many, many
other friends that I have found…

Like the Tellar
and the Nellar
and the Gellar
and the Dellar
and the Bellar
and the Wellar
and the Zellar
in the Cellar.

…And the Geeling
on the Ceiling…

and the Zower in my Shower…

…and the Zillow
on my Pillow.

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

From There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

I love that one!

Ike, you are the man!
Quote “One fish…” from memory! Wow.

strangely frightened that I find that appealing…*

Personally, I always found that “Winking Yink” pretty creepy.

I haven’t seen that book in years, but I can picture that ugly winking critter drinking his pink ink.

Ye Gods!

Here! Click here!


“You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.”