The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Poor Sally and her brother. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern that "pallid primers [with] abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls'...

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Title:The Cat in the Hat
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The Cat in the Hat Reviews

  • Archit Ojha

    The illustrations! The uproarious juggles of the feline and the mess that he leaves about.

    Though the high-tech gadgets bailed the cat out but Sally and her brother should heed to the wise Goldfish in further editions :D

    A total riot for children with working parents and who just manage to not bring the house down - with or without the cat.

    PS : I am one such kid.

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I don't remember ever reading Dr. Suess (I'm sure I did, only it was SO long ago), so this just put me in such good spirits! I remember how giddy these made me feel, and the rhyming is just so whimsical, no books can compare to these. I'm collecting all of Dr. Suess's work and this was just such a classic, great place to start. I love the art and the story combined!

  • Alex

    Seuss's most cynical political work describes the cycle of every generation: first you hate the machine, then you rage against the machine, then you embrace the machine, then you become the machine.

    Sally and her brother, who, like Dostoevsky's

    and Ralph Ellison's

    will remain unnamed, join with the force of revolution, embodied by the Cat in the Hat. Together they recruit agents of change and chaos - the furious Things One and Two - to dismantle the oppressive world built

    Seuss's most cynical political work describes the cycle of every generation: first you hate the machine, then you rage against the machine, then you embrace the machine, then you become the machine.

    Sally and her brother, who, like Dostoevsky's

    and Ralph Ellison's

    will remain unnamed, join with the force of revolution, embodied by the Cat in the Hat. Together they recruit agents of change and chaos - the furious Things One and Two - to dismantle the oppressive world built by their parents.

    The ensuing freedom proves too much for them, though. They turn against the Cat, and finally they capture and cage Things One and Two. Meanwhile the Cat in the Hat literally becomes the machine:

    His promise of anarchic freedom is a facade. In fact he is an agent of stasis, and everything is put neatly back just as it was. The revolution will be reset. Sally and her brother have become what they rebelled against. The idealism of another generation is crushed under the weight of convention. And what will

    do, when your mother asks you?

  • Valerie

    I like that at the end of this book, when the mother comes home and the text reads:

    My daughter always looks up at me and says: I would tell you.

    But I don't believe her. I think it's quite possible that the Cat in the Hat has already been here, and she's just telling me what I want to hear.

  • Lyn

    What else can be said of this all time children's classic except that it is as enjoyable to read as an adult?

    I have three boys, two grown now, and all three have listened to me read this to them and perhaps there was a while when I could have read it in my sleep (and may have!) If you ever go to Universal Studios theme park in Orlando, check out the Cat in the Hat ride. Good times!

  • James

    Everyone's heard of

    (I hope). 4 stars to

    , an adorable children's book full of little amusing pictures and rhymes.

    Kids love the absurdity. It's an opportunity for the reader to use different voices... to dress up... to be free and fun and just enjoy reading.

    Though it could be used as a way to teach kids about rhymes, as well as what's real and not real... my recommendation with this one is to just HAVE FUN! Act out all the scenes. Make it a fun Saturda

    Everyone's heard of

    (I hope). 4 stars to

    , an adorable children's book full of little amusing pictures and rhymes.

    Kids love the absurdity. It's an opportunity for the reader to use different voices... to dress up... to be free and fun and just enjoy reading.

    Though it could be used as a way to teach kids about rhymes, as well as what's real and not real... my recommendation with this one is to just HAVE FUN! Act out all the scenes. Make it a fun Saturday experience with your kids, friends, nephews, nieces, cousins.

    Teach kids to enjoy reading.

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  • Alejandro

    It was a tale hard to rate,...

    ...and I imagine how shocked must be for many of you, when you notice my 3-stars' rate.

    Three stars?! For

    ?! The very tale that it’s an emblem about Dr. Seuss’ work?!

    Well, before calling the Zooks and Yooks to begin a war against me, let me explain my personal s

    It was a tale hard to rate,...

    ...and I imagine how shocked must be for many of you, when you notice my 3-stars' rate.

    Three stars?! For

    ?! The very tale that it’s an emblem about Dr. Seuss’ work?!

    Well, before calling the Zooks and Yooks to begin a war against me, let me explain my personal struggles with the tale.

    While I like to think that I still have a young heart, I can’t deny that I am an adult, and sometimes my adult mode entered in high alert and suspicion…

    …we have a stranger adult person (yes I know, he’s a cat, but work with me!) who breaks into a private house without permission, and offering to children to play with his “things”, and while he cleans his mess (most likely erasing any evidence to be used by the police), you are left uncertain if the kids will tell their mother about the whole incident (inciting to lie to parents).

    I don’t know you, but I found this quite creepy and I’d be worried if that dang cat would be left alone with my children!

    Yes, I know, it’s Dr. Seuss’ charming world of tales, and The Cat in the Hat would never harm a kid, but you wouldn’t know that, if this would happen in our messy world, so I am left worrying about what kind of message can get kids out from this tale…

    …Trust in strangers with funny hats and don’t tell truth to your parents?

    Again, it’s Dr. Seuss and I am sure that he didn’t want to give that message, but since The Cat in the Hat became such popular character loved by many, I wonder what was the expected role of this feline one when the story just got out.

    But just in case, my personal clear message is: Kids! Stay in school, don’t do drugs and don’t let strangers in your houses (much less if you’re alone!) and don’t get up in their cars neither! (I can’t get more clear than that! Geez!)

    A relevant fact is that Dr. Seuss wrote this book as his first one to help kids to learn how to read, using only 223 words from the basic vocabulary used by children in the First Grade of Primary School.

    Yes, I know, I was unfair with this tale, but I couldn’t deny my adult worries while reading it!

    By the way, the fish is an unsung hero!!!

  • Nataliya

    Why, you ask? What's scary about a funny-looking cat? *shudder* Well, what's so scary about these cute things?

    Sometimes I have nightmares where everything goes wrong, but I am helpless to do anything about it. What's worse, the voice of reason is gone. Well, that pretty much sums up the plot of this book.

    Why, you ask? What's scary about a funny-looking cat? *shudder* Well, what's so scary about these cute things?

    Sometimes I have nightmares where everything goes wrong, but I am helpless to do anything about it. What's worse, the voice of reason is gone. Well, that pretty much sums up the plot of this book.

    Quick, somebody call Stephen King!

    Two kids are left alone on a dreary rainy day - which by the way is a

    (

    ). Suddenly a stranger barges in and insists that the kids join him in his games (

    ). And he refuses to leave.

    DUN DUN DUN!!!!!......

    ....HELLO THERE, KIDS!

    The sentient fish, who appears to supervise the kids and is the sole voice of sanity here, sensibly protests (

    ) - and immediately gets physically threatened and abused. Terrified, it demands the abuse to stop -

    - and narrowly avoids death. Hilarious, right?

    Next, the terrifying delinquent Cat unleashes

    (perfect name for horror creatures) who wreck havoc on the house. Then the Cat cleans up and vanishes.

    But likely the poor little victims will keep quiet. And who knows what will happen the next time the Cat shows up, knowing there are no consequences...

    YES. YOU SHOULD, KIDS. ALWAYS. PLEASE DO TELL YOUR PARENTS!

    ----------------------

    Ok, enough about the story.

    Apparently, the author spent months coming up with a long poem that is almost fully monosyllabic. Here is the issue. If children is old enough to read this long poem by themselves, they should be able to read more than a syllable at the time. I know I did. Let's not be condescending to kids - they are capable of a lot if we give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Now, rhyming. I guess you run out of words quickly if you are limited to single syllables but still need to maintain the poetry rhythm. Still, it's not a justification for pathetic excuse of lines that go "Cold, cold wet day", "Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!", "We sat there we two", "The sun is not sunny", "Fun that is funny", "So so so..." That is just lazy. Just because the story is for kids does not mean it's okay for the writing to be subpar.

    To quote (and take slightly out of context) the great Terry Pratchett,

    ---------------------------------

    Yeah. Not a fan of this one. Maybe it's because I am a few decades past the target audience. Maybe it's because the book scares the bejeezus out of me.

    (which is higher than my initial 1-star rating, so yay?). Sorry, kids.

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday I post an annual review of one of his works. Normally they fart sunshine and rainbows, but today we're going to spend a minute with the book that makes me want to . . . .

    I know this is a classic and it's Seuss and no one is supposed to blaspheme when it comes to his good name, but come on. Two kids who are stupid enough to let a creepy effing CAT in their house only to nearly demolish the place obviously are not mature enough to be left home alone on a rainy day

    In honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday I post an annual review of one of his works. Normally they fart sunshine and rainbows, but today we're going to spend a minute with the book that makes me want to . . . .

    I know this is a classic and it's Seuss and no one is supposed to blaspheme when it comes to his good name, but come on. Two kids who are stupid enough to let a creepy effing CAT in their house only to nearly demolish the place obviously are not mature enough to be left home alone on a rainy day. I know, I know, it's just a "cute" story, but sometimes you gotta call out the

    . Right, Ron????

    Anyfarts, happy Read Across America Day! Read this to your kids. They'll love it.

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