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I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  8,896 ratings  ·  305 reviews
Dr. Seuss and the Cat show that reading is fun—even when you don’t look at the words!—in this classic Beginner Book. “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Whether reading in bed or in purple or brown, reading is fun—even upside down. And whether reading about hoses or roses or owls on noses, I Can Read...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published October 12th 1978 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1978)
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Haha, one of my sons claimed he COULD read with is eyes shut (because he read the same book every day for a months) so I got this book and he had to read with his eyes OPEN. Oh, it's so fun being a parent.

Anyways, this is a good book for beginning readers because like almost all Seuss books he focuses on the most common words we use. The pictures are fun and the story is silly so little ones like to listen to it as well.

Darin Nordman
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss

As a reader, I have made the assumption that everyone loves Dr. Seuss and his rhythmical style stories. This book was no different from his first and last book. Filled with rhymes and goofy illustrations, this book puts a smile on my face. It elaborates on how reading can be enjoyable and it doesn't necessarily mean reading chapter books or old "boring" books. It could be reading anything a reader can find enjoyable or learning something new. I feel that...more
Chase Vombaur
I can read with my eyes shut by Dr. Seuss

I can read with my eyes shut doesn’t really have a story line or plot at all. It’s written as a moral code. The moral of the story is that it’s important to read. The book lists a few goofy ways to make reading seem less boring. Dr. Seuss’s goal was to make reading vibrant and colorful, I believe he achieved that goal. The book helps depict all of the useful things that reading can help you gain.

The book is a typical Dr. Seuss style. The book is extremel...more
Matt Guendel
I read this book because I wanted to read a Dr. Seuss book. It had been years and I wanted to remember why I liked this author so much. I remembered after reading a few of his clever lines but I still gave a low rating on this book. I did this because even though it was entertaining, there are so many more better Dr. Seuss books that I would recommend before this one. The Grinch and The Cat In the Hat are two examples. Still this was a good book and it is good because it motivates kids to read....more
Rachel Manak
Dr. Seuss's "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!" is a classic Dr. Seuss book. He uses clever rhyme scheme to create a story that will be appealing to both adults and children of all ages. This book in particular uses anaphora by beginning the majority of the sentences with "I can read". As children read this, they begin to gain more confidence with their reading because they can read, and they are repeatedly saying, "I can read!" One my assume that this book is simply about reading with your eyes clo...more
Courtney Watson
Dr.Suess never seems to disappoint in this young children's book. He shows you that it actually can be quite difficult to read with you eyes shut. He does this with rhyming words and simple sight words to help a young reader learn the basics. It shows a reader the many different things you can learn about if you read with your eyes wide open.
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! is a playful story about reading by the classic children's author Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss brings back our favorite character the Cat in the Hat, and we tag along on his journey to introduce Young Cat into the world of Reading. Cat teaches Young Cat by opening your eyes to read provides many ways to explore and we can learn a whole lot more. Cat tells young cat he can "read about tree..,and bees..and knees. And knees on trees!" Through Seuss' creative rhymes and tongue...more
Avery Schlosser
Avery Schlosser
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut
In the book, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, by Dr. Seuss, the author conveys the message that while we can do many things with our eyes closed, we should always keep them wide open because we miss so much when they are closed. I really like this book not only because of the important message it conveys, but also the bright colored, fun pictures on every page.
In the beginning of the book, the author talks about all the things you can do with your e...more
Taylor O'Connor
"You'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut" reaches so much farther in my heart then a children's picture book. Dr. Seuss delves into the reader's childhood imagination to conjure up infinite possibilities of where reading can take you. The author continually lists numerous wacky scenarios of what the reader can read about. The reader can read in colors, out of their left eye, out of their right, they can even read about mice and ice and ice on mice. As you keep reading, the options...more
Jennifer Johnson
“Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!” In Dr. Seuss’s book “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut” children are taken into a world that could only be created by Dr. Seuss. The pages are filled with bright colors, strange trees, and crazy creatures. However, like all Dr. Seuss books there lies a deeper meaning. This book is all about reading! Through his character, the cat, he shows that reading can be fun and there is so much to lean about....more
Deena Lernor
The Cat in the Hat shows that there are various ways to read in any book. He teaches Little Cat about all the fun things you can do while reading. He proceeds to tell Little Cat that though you can read with your eyes shut, you can explore and read so much more with your eyes open. Cat in the Hat show’s Little Cat all the ways you can read words and change them around to make new meanings. He teaches Little Cat valuable life lessons to keep in mind while reading.

The rhyming schemes capture the...more
Brittany Connolly
As with many Dr. Suess books, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! if filled with images of a strange world where cats wear tall red and white striped hats and there are knees in trees and owls on noses! However, in this particular book, these images, along with the fun rhymes, are all about reading, reading, reading! Whether it is big words or small, with eyes opened or shut, the main character in the book, goes on and on about how and what he can read! At one point he says, "You have to be a speedy r...more
Like any Dr. Seuss’ children’s book, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! is just as fast paced, colorful, and exciting. As there is not an actual story line, except for addressing the moral of the story which is the importance to read. It also allows the reader to realize that reading doesn’t have to be as bad or boring as one might think it may be. It does this by listing multiple ways (often silly ways) a person can read. The idea of the book is to make reading fun and it definitely does that.
For a...more
Emily Nunez-Eddy
Dr. Seuss’, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut implements Seuss’ classic rhyme scheme, bright colors, and ridiculous phrases. The story begins explaining, in general, how and what one can read. According to the Cat in the Hat, one can read in multiple colors, multiple places, and about multiple things. After this, the book acknowledges that words such as “Mississippi, Indianapolis, and Hallelujah” can be read with one’s eyes shut, although it is apparently a VERY HARD thing to do, causing Cat in the...more
Our story begins with the Cat in the Hat listing off all the colors he can read in. It seems that he is teaching a young Cat in the Hat the perks of being able to read. The story continues on with the Original Cat in the Hat listing all the things he can read and how, but when he starts reading things with his eyes shut, he soon finds out that trouble is associated with reading with your eyes shut. The Cat says it is hard to read with your eyes shut and then later goes on to say that it is bad f...more
Brandy Reed
“The more that you read, the more things you will know.” This phrase captivates the entire theme of the children’s book, “I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!” Dr. Suess once again takes the idea of reading books and depicts all of the useful things that reading can help one accomplish. The Cat in the Hat starts by describing all of the ways he can read. For example, he can read upside-down, in different colors, or even with one eye. He can read really fast, very slow, or the most tricky of them all-wi...more
Ashley Stude
"I Can Read With my Eyes Shut" is a very silly book that is written and illustrated in a way that is recognizable by anyone to be by Dr.Seuss. The book doesn't tell much of a story, but it does teach a valuable lesson that may not be very clear to young kids, but it is as an adult. The book is about Cat in the hat showing the little cat all the ways that he can "read", but in the end, it is better to read with your eyes open because there is so much to read, and so much to learn. The plot of the...more
Dr. Seuss has done it again! This book is humorous along with informative and I just cant get enough of it. Cat in the Hat walks all around while telling Young Cat about reading. He can read with his eyes shut but he informs Young Cat that you can read so much more with your eyes open! Dr. Seuss is well-known for his clever rhymes and amazing illustrations and this book does not fall short from his others. The colorful pictures only enhance the experience by illustrating the silly tongue twister...more
Nancy Mosqueda
Dr. Seuss once again showes us why he is a favorite amongst young readers. His choice of words, and rhyme, has its own way of captivating children. In this fascinating story,The Cat In The Hat, teaches us that the best way to read is with your eyes open. Even though it is possible to read in other ways, by reading with open eyes,you will not miss out on all the amazing things reading has to offer you. So keep your eyes wide, wide open because if you close them, there is no telling what you might...more
Caitlin Lawler
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut by Dr. Seuss leads the reader into a fun and whimsical world that is seen in so many of his other iconic books. The story line involves the Cat in the Hat as the main character who starts off with things he can read. We go on the journey with him and see the different colors and items he can read. Though in the book he does reach one conflict which is that he is so confident with reading that he can read with his eyes closed but when he does it hurts his eyes. As the...more
Rachael Mack
Like all Dr. Seuss books, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut takes readers on a fun-filled rhyming experience lasting throughout the entire book. The book is about how the Cat in the Hat can “read” with his eyes shut, but he misses out on things when he does. And as Cat says “It’s bad for my hat and makes my eyebrows get red hot. So…reading with my eyes shut I don’t do an awful lot.” Cat explains how much more he can read with his eyes open and shares all the wonderful stuff he learns from reading.

I t...more
Abigail Surmay
Who doesn't love Dr. Seuss? The Cat in the Hat always shows that there are many ways to read in any of his books or just a book, but this is strongly shown in this book.

In this book The Cat in the Hat teaches Little Cat about all the fun things you can do while reading. He then goes to tell Little Cat that though you can even read with your eyes shut, but you can see and read so much more with your eyes open. Witch seems obvious but also a very clever remark. The Cat in the Hat show’s Little Cat...more
Another Dr. Seuss classic that exacts blends of words and pictures that encourage children to read by themselves. "Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff." I love that regardless of how you read, the main goal of this book is to help children realize the importance and value of readinng. I love this entertaining book about reading everywhere even with your left eye, in bed, and with your eyes closed!
Allison Hunt
In this classic children's book, Dr. Seuss once again takes his readers minds on a journey into his wacky imagination. He brings back his classic Cat in the Hat character to help teach us that with our eyes open, we can do so much more than we ever thought possible.
As in any Seuss book, both the prose and illustration are wonderful and eye catching. His ability to weave the imaginary into the reality really helps set the almost magical feeling that comes with reading about how "we can do anythin...more
Anna Rothenhoefer
Dr. Suess's I can Read With My Eyes Shut is a great book for young children. It helps to teach kids about all the different things there are that you can read about. It is fun for kids to read and listen to because of the friendly vocabulary and the rhyming. I like how the book relates reading to everyday life, such as street signs and places in the world. This a great educstional book to teach children about reading and what you can do with reading.
Madison Jones
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut is a very basic children’s book about a young reader who is exploring his way through books. He states that he can read in many ways such as in red and brown and upside down. No matter the way he can read, even with his eyes shut. But he does not like to read with them shut as it makes his hat and makes his eyebrows red hot. Dr. Seuss states that you have to keep your eyes open to learn.

From the opening page to the closing of this book there are various colors, rhyme...more
Kassidy Pine
In the book I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, the author, Dr. Seuss allows the Cat in the Hat to take the adolescent reader through the act and experience of reading. From the cat reading in bed, to reading on the go, and even upside down. The cat displays his ability to read with his eyes shut and how the task in itself is a difficult job to do. He moves forward in acknowledges the positives in keeping ones eyes open for the purpose of gaining more expertise by reading. He displays this by gaining...more
Tory Haberman
I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, by Dr. Seuss, is such a fun and entertaining book of goofy words and a rhyming scheme that creates a story within itself. Cat in the Hat walks around with little Young Cat telling him about the importance of reading. He informs him that yes, you can read with your eyes shut but you can read and learn so much more with your eyes open. From learning how to read music to making a few dollars, it is a fun read for all ages.

Dr. Seuss is particularly known for his wittin...more
Taylor Ray
Summary: This book is about the cat in the hat is teaching the “young cat” how reading with your eyes closed is not beneficial. He talks about all of the things that you can learn when you read with your eyes open and the downside to it. He can read certain words with his eyes closed, but it makes his eyes get red hot. He advises him not to read with his eyes closed because he could miss a great opportunity if he misses out on life by having his eyes closed.

Analysis: I enjoyed this book because...more
Katie Hanrahan
In Dr. Seuss', I Can Read With My Eyes Shut, he stresses the importance of reading on intellectual growth. The title is the first thing to catch readers' attention because it is truly impossible to read with your eyes shut. It makes you want to read it without ever opening the cover.

The tale is told from the point-of-view of The Cat in the Hat. He goes about teaching the young cat about the different ways you can read and the things that you could read about. He tells the young cat that reading...more
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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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