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The Cat in the Hat

(The Cat in the Hat)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  368,715 ratings  ·  5,214 reviews
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' ...more
Hardcover, 61 pages
Published 1985 by Random House Books for Young Readers (first published March 12th 1957)
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May 02, 2010 rated it it was ok
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?

(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
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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?
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.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Without a doubt one of the signature Seuss' books


He should not be here.

He should not be about,

He should not be here,

When your mother is out,

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 Cat in the Hat?! 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
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Everyone's heard of SEUSS (Dr) (I hope). 4 stars to The Cat in the Hat, 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
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Mar 02, 2017 rated it did not like it
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
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
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 sick man and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man, 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
Whitney Atkinson
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
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!
Tina Haigler
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, classics, poetry
This book is a classic and there is absolutely nothing I can say that hasn't already been said by countless reviewers. You really can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss, and there's a reason people from all generations are familiar with this book. This book is, put quite simply, just tons of fun to read. It doesn't matter if you are a child or an adult. Almost all of the words are sight words, so it's easy enough to read for beginners. The story is wonderfully silly, and there's a great rhythm to the rhy ...more
Archit Ojha
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks

Ding dong,
I can be a magician.

I can be anything,
But an alsatian.

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.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!

All i've read this past week is children's books and I'm not even mad about it
[Shai] Bibliophage
What I like in this classic children's story is the illustrations and the rhyming which will be very entertaining to read for kids. I like the ending part where the children were thinking if they will tell their mother what happened while she was away.

The lesson is very simple which is about honesty. But if we will see it in broader perspective, adults like teachers or parents who read this children's book to kids will also be reminded about it and to always practice it.
4 SOLD Cat in the Hat ★'s

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.”

The Cat in the Hat is probably Dr. Seuss's most popular children’s books he's ever created. It featured a cat who wears a hat that is a troublemaker and he tries to show two bored little kids how to have fun on a rainy wet day when you can't play outside but it has disastrous results. Cat makes mess after mess. This story was soo funny and all the rhyming is so much fu
Stacey is Sassy
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Loved this one and I passed my love on to my sons. Unfortunately as they got older they enjoyed the movie more.
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-kid-in-me
Well what would you do if your mother asked you?



I swear I don't know why this made me laugh so freaking hard. I really don't. I mean the story was funny, the rhyming so fun, but it didn't warrant my hysterical outbursts. But I'm not surprised, I always find myself laughing inappropriately. For example;



I'm seriously starting to th
Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing

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 Suess
Nov 16, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Children ages 3 and up
“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
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WrensReads Review:

When your friend comes over with eight Dr. Seuss books, you read them.

Everyone knows this one, it is probably his best work.

Cat in the Hat. The Cat that comes over, ruins your house, gives your pet fish a heart attack and let's your kids do whatever they want because you aren't home.

Lots of rhymes. Lots of funny. Lots of things that hop like a bunny.. I'm stopping. I am not a Seuss. I wish I was a Seuss. Then I could only talk in rhymes, which would be kind of fun.

Sophia Triad
May 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
A strange cat invades the house of little Sally and her brother. With their mother away and with only a little fish to object and to become the voice of reason, the Cat in the Hat can do basically whatever he wants.

This is basically a silly story without deeper meanings.

Don't wonder why the children are left alone in the house or why they let the cat in.
And in a similar way do not wonder why the cat wears a hat ( maybe because it rhymes??) and how it is possible for the fish to talk (maybe bec
Justine Arndt
Sep 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
The Celtic Rebel (Richard)
I read this the first time when I was a child and I remember being so amazed at the whimsical humor of the book. I enjoyed reading it as an adult to my children, and this week I had the joy of reading it to my grandson for his first time. I will always remember his eyes widening at the illustrations.

A wonderful book aimed at children but enjoyable for even adults to read. One of my all-time favorites.
Jan 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: hardcover, indy
This was tongue tying. Too much so! Indy and I haven't read many of these, although he did ask for it off his brother's shelf. I was stumbling over my words, probably to try and get through it quickly.. this cat was too long! Made me feel tired! He's still quite cool of course. Just not for us at this reading stage. We have about ten others though on the shelf, so hopefully we will embrace them a little more.
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-20th-c, kids
At first, with his big French accent, I couldn’t understand my kid asking for “le chat in da at” but I soon deduced it. This story about making a major mess and then cleaning it up before mom gets home is beyond a classic. And still a favorite for my son. I heard there was even a part 2…
Sophie Crane
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, animals
I grew up to Cat in the Hat - zany, outrageous, fun, educational... how wonderful that it's not only still going, but the #1 best-seller in children's poetry apparently!
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
It all start so simply: Two children are moping indoors on a rainy day. Suddenly, in strolls the Cat in the Hat. Stylishly dressed in a candy-striped stovepipe hat and oversized bow tie, the cat soon creates a whirlwind of misbehavior that the kids are at first powerless to halt.

No child can resist this story and its inherent magic, for it embodies naughtiness and excitement beyond any child’s imagination.

Kids on their own? check
A stranger in the house? check
A talking cat? check
Trashing a house?
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘Dr Seuss’ being the pen name under which Theodor Seuss Geisel wrote (taking his middle name and making full use of his Oxford University PhD in English literature) was the American born grandson of German immigrants to the US.

Beginning his career in the late 1920’s as an illustrator and cartoonist, it wasn’t until nearly 30 years later that Seuss produced his classic series of children’s books that so many of us know and love.

Never having the benefit of the books of Dr Seuss when I was a chil
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
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.
Aug 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: all-ages
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
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
"no! no!
make that cat go away!
tell that cat in the hat
you do NOT want to play.
he should not be here.
he should not be about.
he should not be here
when your mother is out!"

Well that was a pretty fast read lol.DR SEUSS I LOVE YOU!!
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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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