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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, 318 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Andrews McMeel Publishing (first published 2010)
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Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a fabulous look at the artwork in all its forms from the renowned Theodore Geisel. I love getting to see his work in motion from beginning sketches, to completed pages. How an idea from decades past can make a beloved book like Green Eggs and Ham. I also quite enjoyed his midnight paintings, as many I have never seen. But by far the best thing in this book was his Taxidermy. I would happily put any or all on my walls. I see a library program coming out of this. Read it from cover to cove ...more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non, netgalley
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
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, history
My only disappointment is that I didn't realize this book was an oversize volume when I ordered it. Aside from that nuance, it's an amazing review of the Geisel's major works and his early years. It also features some of his "midnight paintings" that he did not want shown during his lifetime. The latter are quite beautiful and fascinating. His caricatures of his neighbors and his random non-commercial art is excellent too. Definitely peruse this book if you want to know more about this legendary ...more
Sarah Sammis
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Behind me was stand
Sharon Tyler
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I grew up reading Dr. Seuss, I say. Did you read his books while relaxing in a Soo-zoo-kar-zay? I have, I have, I say. I can read them in a box, without socks, here or there, and everywhere. Young or old, shy or bold, I read them, read them without care. It's fun to have fun, he would say, and I agree, even to this day. So pick up this book, and have a look, even if wearing a thermo-cardio-schnook!

Ok - enough Seussian fun, seriously LOVED this book. Dr. Seuss helped teach me to read when I was y
Fiona Dee
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Elizabeth Periale
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013-list
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
Nathan Dehoff
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Stacie Wyatt
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Sep 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was 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.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a book of art by Dr. Seuss. It includes political cartoons, ad campaigns, paintings, drawings and art from his many children's books. Another author pointed out that you never see imitations of Dr. Seuss' work. Can't be done. There was only one Dr. Seuss.
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, art
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.
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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".
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with great illustrations. Easy to read book about an interesting writer. I learned a lot about him and his artwork/writing with themes that he was passionate about in his children books, such as anti racism.
Janet Clark
Feb 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jill Adams
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: x2014-15-season
Ephemera, Obscura, Trivia, and Treasure from and about the career or Ted Geisel.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Page after page of of Dr. Seuss's imagination put on canvas. I was awed and inspired. Definitely a keeper.
Jessica Bingham
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult
Amazing book! His paintings and sculptures are beautiful!
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
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...
Paul  Hankins
An exploration of an artist's early works. This one is a lot of fun to look through. . .
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