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Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! It’s a rainy day and Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do . . . until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! This beloved Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss, which also features timeless Dr. Seuss characters such as Fish and Thing 1 and Thing 2, is fun...more
Hardcover, 72 pages
Published March 12th 1957 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published 1957)
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Nataliya
Mar 30, 2012 Nataliya rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Horror afficionados
This "kids' book" is, in my opinion, a nightmare-quality horror story. Why, you ask? What's scary about a funny-looking cat? *shudder* Well, what's so scary about these cute things?

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(Well, there actually is nothing scary about that last one. That still doesn't make it any less of a nightmare.)

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. As a hor...more
Valerie
I like that at the end of this book, when the mother comes home and the text reads:

Should we tell her about it?
Now, what SHOULD we do?
Well...
What would YOU do
If your mother asked YOU?

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.
Willow
****½

This book has always given me the impression that Dr. Seuss is a master mischief maker. He has this smarmy Cat barge his way into these poor kid's house (when their mother isn’t home) and then he proceeds to make a colossal mess. It’s all very distressing.

In fact, as a child, I don’t think I found this book amusing at all. It preyed on all my worst fears like being ‘home alone,’ having pushy strangers take control, and scary ‘clown-like’ accessories like monster hats. I much preferred Sues...more
Ronyell
“The Cat in the Hat” was one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular children’s books ever created. The book featured the stove pipe hat feline troublemaker who tries to show two bored kids how to have fun on a rainy day with disastrous results. The Cat in the Hat has forever remained to be one of the most popular figures in children’s literature ever!

Dr. Seuss’ superb rhyming text is as creative as it is funny. He easily finds the perfect rhyming of each word while telling a story through his rhymes. Dr. Se...more
Sandi
I really can't stand this book. It's one of those my son had me read over and over when he was little. Seriously, what kind of mother leaves her young children home alone? Who is this cat? Why is he such a troublemaker? Is it okay that they do all that rotten stuff just because it all gets cleaned up before mom gets home? What kind of trouble will this brother and sister be getting into in their teens. This is a very disturbing book.
Justine Arndt
I would recommend The Cat in the Hat to anybody. Dr. Seuss wrote this book like poetry by having the lines rhyme with each other. The story of the book is don't trust strangers; in this case the cat with the hat. The cat brings a box to children at home while their mother is gone, and the cat ends up causing chaos with thing one an thing two. It can teach children a good lesson on how to be responsible when their parents are not around. The pictures in the book make it very enjoyable to read. I...more
Traveller
Ha, I know that adding this book is cheating. But I just read a very funny review by a friend, which reminded me how much the kids and I enjoyed the movie of this. Even more fun than Horton Hears a Who. The latter is the highest Dr Seuss on my list, though, for its philosophical point of view.

Personally I found the movie-Grinch rather scary. So, folks, if any of you find The Cat in the Hat scary at all, make a wide berth around watching The Grinch. He is sure to give you nightmares.
Stephen
3.5 stars. My favorite Dr. Seuss book as a kid. I was very happy to be able to read this out loud with my five year old daughter and have her love it as much as I did.
Ashley Cooper
Really good book. Bit of a complicated plot, but the pictures help.
Michael
A treasured memory from childhood, I bought many Dr. Seuss books to read to my children when they were small.
I discovered a surprising thing; I thought that I was well read and a literate adult..., reading these books out aloud requires great concentration and voice control (especially with a critical kid listening). However clever you may think you are, reading these books out aloud will improve your public speaking and help you to win friends and influence people :-)
Go ahead, have some fun and...more
Francois Jabbour
Now the book starts off with a single mother and her two kids. Immediately, we realise the mother is single as there is no mention of a father. Perhaps the father is dead? Maybe they divorced? Either way, that's no excuse for the mother to be running off during a dark and stormy night (the perfect setting for some freaky horror movie) to go out with her gals and get her drink on.

Anyways, the mother leaves the kids alone, at home. We can assume they are both under the age of 10. They have no adul...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 15, 2013 Ivonne Rovira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tots and former tots who remember the thrill of getting away with stuff
People like to berate The Cat in the Hat for what it's not. It's not beautifully illustrated, like The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley or Beatrix Potter's The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit. Nor is it lyrical like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp or Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

But, along with Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, it was one of the very first books I ever owned or read. My Cuban parents didn't read English -- not then -- an...more
Prashant
I am 24 and I still had fun reading Dr.Seuss for the first time. Is it that cuckoo? I don't know but I loved it :)
We all have a child hidden in us. Some of us like to flaunt it and get it called cuteness and some are called immature. I am among those who like to put their guards down once in a while to enjoy the innocence and straight forwardness of the simpler times.
The book is the story of two kids who being alone at home are visited by a cat in the hat. The cat plays games with them and crea...more
Lucie
I recall this book caused me much stress as a child - much like the kittens who come in and wreck the doll house in the Sesame Street short film. However, as an adult reading it to my own kids, they were never shaken by the mess - they were interested in how the kids would manage to pull off the whole debacle.
Lisa


Another favorite in my household. :D
Eddy Allen
This book was amazing. The film version really didn't do it justice, as they failed to identify the underlying sociopolitical themes in this work. The "cat" is really Communist Russia, invading the "house" (western civilization) and attempting to impose "fun" (Communism). When the "cat" makes a mess of things, he brings in some complex contraption (the space program? This is open to interpretation) to clean the house up and keep the children happy, while also subtly implying that the children in...more
Cheryl Grossman
This book demonstrates that a limited vocabulary doesn't mean that the story must be dull (Look, Jane, Look!). I also love the very transgressive Cat. Much like Bugs Bunny, the Cat is well-meaning (mostly) but full of jokes and tricks.

What disturbs me are the many reviewers who seem terribly concerned by the lack of supervision (it's a fantasy, folks!). In most classic children's literature, parents and other adults seem to be absent for one reason or another and children get to have adventures...more
Nancy Simioni
This is such a great fun-to-read book that gets all children interested in reading.
Did I read it a lot to my son? Oh yes, over and over and over again.
Although that was 20+ years ago I can still recite the first few pages:
"The sun did not shine it was too wet to play.
So we sat in the house all that cold cold wet day.
I sat there with Sally, we sat there we two,
and I said how I wished we had something to do.
Too wet to go out, too cold to play ball,
so we sat in the house and did nothing at all.
Al...more
Andrew
Summary: This is a great story about a brother and sister home alone on a rainy day with nothing to do. These children just sit starring out the window at the rain when suddenly a tall cat in a hat comes barging in the house. The cat in the hat tries to create some fun and excitement for these children which soon leads to disaster. This is a great book for children.

Written By Dr. Seuss

Audience: Grades K-4

Genre: Picture Book

Social Issues: I believe that one issue that arises in this book is that...more
Manny
Apr 24, 2013 Manny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh goody! The Amazon recommendation engine, which has now compiled an uncannily detailed map of all my reading preferences, has noticed that I like both children's books and books in French. It just mailed me to ask whether I had read The Cat in the Hat/Le Chat au Chapeau (Beginner Book).

Not only have I not read it, I didn't even know it existed! And turning to the relevant page, I find other interesting articles, like Eric Carle's La Chenille Qui Fait Des Trous and Easy French Storybook: Goldi...more
midnightfaerie
We love Dr. Seuss, but this isn't one of their favorite Seuss's if they had to choose, instead going for the Grinch or Horton before pulling this one off the shelf. However, it's still a Seuss, with the same old lovable rhyming and colorful illustrations, it's still one we've read several times. We jokingly refer to my 3 yr old twins as Thing 1 and Thing 2 and might even dress them up for Halloween that way. A great addition to any collection.
Mary JL
Mar 13, 2012 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of Dr. Seuss
An amusing classic; lots of fun and imagination shown; the illustrations add to the pleasure.

A lot for intriguing to kids--and some adults like me--than "See Dick. See Dick and Jane. See Dick and Jane run." amd so on.

There is a reason this book has been in print since 1957--it's amusing.

Read before I joined Goodreads so date read is unknown.
Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!"
This is one of the book that my lil bro lent me.

AND I LOVED IT.

It was written long ago.

Why didn't anyone get me a copy then? *sigh* immouta topic.

Dr. Seuss' is a man who plays with words. He pulls off the same trick here. Nothing too special. But the description is fun.


PS: This is not the review you were looking for.
Solon
A very thrilling novel that delves deep into the lives of headdressed cats. While it is not an easy read by any means, it is well worth the seven months it has taken me to get through it. Upon finishing it, I now must say the world is a different place to me. That's right, this book changed my life.
Aaron
Mar 08, 2008 Aaron rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Alaina
Absolute classic. And I had better like it. I've read it so many times to kids that I've been known to recite the thing in my sleep aloud.
Salymar
"The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house All that cold, cold, wet day."
-First paragraph in the Cat in the Hat story. I remember it like it was yesterday ;)

The Cat In the Hat was meant to be one of the first books a child could learn to read (in advance if you ask me 'cause the book also includes rhythm, proper pronounciation and spelling! ;p) It also featured lots of meaningful and colorful words to go along with the wonderful illustrations in the modern era of chi...more
Sajeda Assenjee
Quite simply a wonderful book for fun loving mischievous children. While mothers away, the children have nothing to do on the wet, wet day until the cat in the hat arrives. The cat runs around the house making mayhem which upsets the poor fish who doesn’t want to take part in these careless games. The children are staggered by his behaviour but terrified of how their mother will react when she returns. As his juggling achievements look to be spinning out of control, the cat reluctantly clears up...more
Scott Rhee
Probably my all-time favorite Dr. Seuss books, and one of my definite favorite books as a child, "The Cat in the Hat" introduced the crazy, surreal, happily-bizarre (which describes me, so it's no wonder I was so drawn to Dr. Seuss) world of Theodore Geisel. I loved all of Dr. Seuss's books, but I didn't appreciate many of them (and their profound political statements) until later in life. "The Cat in the Hat" was one that could probably be described as his least political and therefore his most...more
Rashanda Ravenel
This is a classic Dr. Seuss book and an all time favorite. This was read to me growing up and since I have read it to students. It offers a great discussion topic at the end by asking the reader what they would do if their mother asked them how the day went. The illustrations are great! The story offers great use of rhyming.
Nora
This is the first Dr. Seuss book I ever read, at age 7. I adored it as a kid, and I still think its a great kid's book. Still, looking back at it now, I do feel bad for the poor fish. He was just trying to be the voice of reason!
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Theodor Seuss Geisel was born 2 March 1904 in Springfield, MA. He graduated Dartmouth College in 1925, and proceeded on to Oxford University with the intent of acquiring a doctorate in literature. At Oxford he met Helen Palmer, who he wed in 1927. He returned from Europe in 1927, and began working for a magazine called Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at the time, submitting both carto...more
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Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
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