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Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat

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This exquisitely produced collector’s edition redefines Dr. Seuss as an iconic American artist. Illustrator by day, surrealist by night, Dr. Seuss created a body of little-known work that he called his “Midnight Paintings.” For sixty years, this work allowed Geisel to expand his artistic boundaries outside the confines of commercial influences and deadlines.

A handsome slip
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published 2010)
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Stacie Wyatt
I read Dr. Seuss: the cat behind the hat, in exchange for review from

The book was wrote by Caroline M. Smith and published by Chase Art Companies, LLC. The book discussed the paintings of Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss. The artwork was beautiful, abstract, colorful, vibrant, whimsical, detailed, animated, etc. The artwork reminded me of Picasso and M.C. Escher (sp?). Smith also provided history of each painting, in addition to excerpts from Seuss's books to accompany paintings.
Everyone loves Dr. Seuss, and I am no exception. When I had a chance to read The Cat Behind the Hat, which will be published November 13th, I was incredibly excited. This book, which the publishers describe as "chronological-ish," goes all the way back in Geisel's history, interspersing short blocks of texts with his beautiful illustrations. I know Dr. Seuss's kids books, but that's pretty much it; I didn't know much about him. For instance, Geisel got kicked off Dartmouth's humor magazine by sh ...more
Sharon Tyler
Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline M. Smith is a comprehensive look at the art Theodor Geisel created over his lifetime. This book is schedule for release on November 13 2012. It is an enthralling and informative look behind the public persona or Dr. Seuss and into the reality that was Theodor Geisel. He created a body of workwhich he called his "Midnight Paintings," and which is now known as "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." The collection redefines Ted Geisel beyond the children's book ...more
This gorgeous and instructive volume feels like a companion piece to the traveling exhibit of Seuss's art - I saw that, and with the stunning and spacious reproductions, this is a more paced way to engage the many, many pieces that span his career and lifetime, magazine-cover illustrations, product ads especially the Essomarine ads that included Secrets of the Deep and his creation of the Seuss Navy), his "Unorthodox Taxidermy" specimens, cartoons, children's books and "Midnight Paintings" that ...more
Sarah Sammis
My very first library memory involves Dr. Seuss. It's not the typical childhood memory of checking out Dr. Seuss picture books. This was in the days before our branch library opened the San Diego library ran a the book room with a small selection of books near a local grociery store. It was also a place where we could pick up books placed on hold. So we were there to check out The Lorax (I had a thing about the way the trees were drawn) — but that's not the point of the story.

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Fiona Dee
I thoroughly enjoyed this insight into such a great artist and author that was Dr Seuss. I remember as a young child not being able to afford any of his books and sneaking away from my friends at lunch time or trying to hurry to school before the bell to have a read of his books in our school library. I remember what a source of laughter and wonderment they brought. This book brought all those memories back. But also gave me a wider perspective on man behind the books, Ted Geisel and his other w ...more
Elizabeth Periale

Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat is a gorgeous coffee-table book featuring the "secret artwork" of Dr. Seuss. Theodor (Ted) Geisel, AKA Dr. Seuss, called a lot of the work featured in this volume his "midnight paintings."

The book lays out an informative and frequently humorous biography, tracing his college years at Dartmouth, early days in advertising, his work as an animator for the U.S. Army during WW2, as well as his adventures in publishing. The Cat
Dr. Seuss once said, “If you don’t get imagination as a child, you probably never will.” These words are the perfect introduction to Dr. Seuss The Cat Behind the Hat, a semi-chronological look at the life, writing, and art of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. This book highlights early sketches and works by Geisel, along with biographical information broken down into chapters entitled “As Early As It Gets”, “Very Early”, “Pretty Early” and later “Later”, “A Little Later” and “Somewhat S ...more
After reading a review, I really wanted to get my hands on this beautiful, informative yet coffee table size book. Seuss is not my favorite children's author but I am intrigued by his use of language and his work with the I can read titles. The Cat in the Hat has always intrigued me because of its significance for early readers. I always knew that Geisel was working with a controlled vocabulary but this book explains it in a slightly different way: "Not only was the vocabulary largely taken from ...more
Massive tome filled with Theodore Giesel's fabulous midnight paintings. Sometimes a little racy, sometimes a little radical, each one gives a tiny bit of insight into the man behind the art. We can watch the evolution of his art and its many influences.
If you're even slightly interested in Dr. Seuss you need to read--or at least glance through--this book. Ted Geisel seemed to be pretty much everything I could have dreamed him to be. His art was stunning, and the biographical information weaved throughout the book is illuminating in many ways.
Nathan Dehoff
I saw this one on display in the library, and wasn’t able to pass it up. While it presents material from many facets of Seuss’s work, including his children’s book art and advertisements for various products, its focus is on the Midnight Paintings. These were paintings that Seuss produced throughout his lifetime, but didn’t want released to the public until after he died. Most of them showcase the combination of surrealism and cartoonishness that we all know, but he was capable of working in oth ...more
Stewart Tame
Wonderful! I of course knew of Seuss the children's author, but I had no idea he was such an accomplished artist inn general. The books are touched upon, but the bulk of this book consists of paintings and drawings and a few sculptures made apparently for the sheer joy of doing so. His style is unmistakable, though occasionally somewhat darker than in evidence in his books. There are also examples of his advertising work as well as a number of editorial cartoons. Sadly, no examples of the newspa ...more
Jessica Bingham
Amazing book! His paintings and sculptures are beautiful!
I found this fascinating, learning not only more about Ted Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, but about his lifetime of art and stories. This book goes through his varied work, from the time and impact of life at Dartmouth, to his progression to children's books. So much went into his drawings, including the war and politics of the day, or just plain silliness for silliness sake, but apparently always lots of time and thought. I loved the origin stories of the kids books, and details about color and how he ...more
Anyone who loves all of Dr. Seuss' books and treasures them, will also treasure this book. It is destined to be a collector's item for any Seuss lover. With that being said, the price tag is a little pricey and may only appeal to the die hard fans because of the hole this book will leave in your wallet.

Besides the large price tag, the illustrations are amazing and there are histories behind the Seuss that we know.

Thanks to netgelley and Chase Art Companies for the advance copy.
This is a wonderful overview of Seuss's career, from his early days in advertising to his history of political cartoons and work during WW2. The art is gorgeously presented and showcases everything from his best known works to much rarer pieces, including his "unorthodox taxidermy".
Janet Clark
If you've been a child, or a mother, sometime in the last 80 years Dr. Seuss has been a part of your life so don't miss this wonderful book. It shows his genius other than The Cat and Horton, etc. Beautiful paintings and other imaginative stories you've never heard about. Amazing!
This book is absolutely beautiful!
The information was helpful in understand the motives & persona of Dr. Seuss. His art was breathtaking and stimulating.
In my opnion, anyone with interest in Dr. Seuss should read this book. It will not disappoint.
A very pretty book, it's a loving examination of all of Geisel's career, not just his most famous books.
Judith Wright
If you love Dr. Seuss, you will love this book. It does not weigh you down with text (in fact, considering the size of the book, the text is just a small fraction), but focuses more on the art of Dr. Seuss.
A must read if you're a fan of the man. Most comprehensive book about Seuss to date, and brings to light a gorgeous collection of previously unreleased paintings which reveal a darker side.
Amazing artwork, great quotes, well worth an afternoon of skimming. Signed up for the art of dr. seuss web site. Would love some of the pieces for my office, home, kids room...
This was a really interesting book, the pictures were wonderful, and the man was fascinating. Made you feel happy when you read it, just like the kids books.
Stephanie Stanley-coyne
I have enjoyed reading a few pages each night and learning more about Dr. Seuss. His private paintings are clever and colorful. I envy his imagination!
Jill Adams
Loved it. A great informational text for those who love Seuss. I wish the book wasn't so costly--$60. My library had 2 copies, though.
Anderson County Library
If you are a Dr. Seuss fan you should read this book. It was interesting to learn where he got his inspiration for his children's books.
Reading this book taught me me more than any other art self-help book could. Would recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Page after page of of Dr. Seuss's imagination put on canvas. I was awed and inspired. Definitely a keeper.
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A comprehensive look at the extraordinary and imaginative art of “The Cat Behind the Hat,” Dr. Seuss.
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