The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Poor Dick and Sally. 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' were le...

DownloadRead Online
Title:The Cat in the Hat
Author:Dr. Seuss
Rating:
ISBN:039480001X
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:61 pages

The Cat in the Hat Reviews

  • Valerie
    Mar 05, 2008

    I like that at the end of this book, when the mother comes home and the text reads:

    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.

  • Sandi
    Nov 16, 2008

    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.

  • Ronyell
    Jan 07, 2010

    “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

    “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. Seuss’ illustrations are also excellent in this book as the coloring in this book mostly consists of red, white, blue, and black. Dr. Seuss’ illustrations always stand out from other children’s books and the illustration that stood out the most was the image of Sally being pulled by one of the kite strings as Thing One and Thing Two are playing recklessly in the house. Most children’s do not put images of children being pulled by something that could endanger them, but “The Cat in the Hat” does it so delicately that it is not really a threat to the book’s young audience. This image also showcases that when the boy emphasizes that what the Things were doing was not fun at all, he shows Sally being forcefully pulled in by the Things’ riotous antics.

    “The Cat in the Hat” is known as the cult classic from Dr. Seuss and deserves this honor. The book strongly emphasize the consequences of letting a stranger into a house while the adult is away and how the boy finally comes to his senses to realize that both he and Sally could get in trouble with their mother if he does not stop the Things from destroying the house. “The Cat in the Hat” is a greatly treasured book that will remain to be popular for many years.

  • Nataliya
    May 02, 2010

    Why, you ask? What's scary about a funny-looking cat? *shudder* Well, what's so scary about these cute things?

    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.

    Why, you ask? What's scary about a funny-looking cat? *shudder* Well, what's so scary about these cute things?

    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.

    Quick, somebody call Stephen King!

    Two kids are left alone on a dreary rainy day - which by the way is a

    (

    ). Suddenly a stranger barges in and insists that the kids join him in his games (

    ). And he refuses to leave.

    DUN DUN DUN!!!!!......

    ....HELLO THERE, KIDS!

    The sentient fish, who appears to supervise the kids and is the sole voice of sanity here, sensibly protests (

    ) - and immediately gets physically threatened and abused. Terrified, it demands the abuse to stop -

    - and narrowly avoids death. Hilarious, right?

    Next, the terrifying delinquent Cat unleashes

    (perfect name for horror creatures) who wreck havoc on the house. Then the Cat cleans up and vanishes.

    But likely the poor little victims will keep quiet. And who knows what will happen the next time the Cat shows up, knowing there are no consequences...

    YES. YOU SHOULD, KIDS. ALWAYS. PLEASE DO TELL YOUR PARENTS!

    ----------------------

    Ok, enough about the story.

    Apparently, the author spent months coming up with a long poem that is almost fully monosyllabic. Here is the issue. If children is old enough to read this long poem by themselves, they should be able to read more than a syllable at the time. I know I did. Let's not be condescending to kids - they are capable of a lot if we give them the benefit of the doubt.

    Now, rhyming. I guess you run out of words quickly if you are limited to single syllables but still need to maintain the poetry rhythm. Still, it's not a justification for pathetic excuse of lines that go "Cold, cold wet day", "Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit!", "We sat there we two", "The sun is not sunny", "Fun that is funny", "So so so..." That is just lazy. Just because the story is for kids does not mean it's okay for the writing to be subpar.

    To quote (and take slightly out of context) the great Terry Pratchett,

    ---------------------------------

    Yeah. Not a fan of this one. Maybe it's because I am a few decades past the target audience. Maybe it's because the book scares the bejeezus out of me.

    (which is higher than my initial 1-star rating, so yay?). Sorry, kids.

  • Lyn
    Aug 01, 2011

    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!

  • Willow
    Aug 16, 2013

    ****

    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

    ****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 Suess’ nonthreatening

    .

    As an adult though, I find this fanciful tale wonderfully satisfying. There’s an old fairytale feel to it that reminds me of sprites coming in and rearranging the furniture. There’s also a whimsical message that says, ‘quit being so uptight…things will work out.’ The movie

    has the exact same story and the exact same premise with Lana being the Cat and the classic line, “Sometimes you just have to say, what the f%*#.” :D

    So all in all, while I don't think this is the best kid's book, I'm rather fond of it as an adult.

  • Stacey is Sassy
    Jul 20, 2015

    Loved this one and I passed my love on to my sons. Unfortunately as they got older they enjoyed the movie more.

  • Anne
    Dec 27, 2015

    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;

    OH STAHP.

    I'm seriously starting to th

    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;

    OH STAHP.

    I'm seriously starting to think it's a disorder.

    that the reason I find this funny is because I could relate to the story. Everyone can, I think. It reminded me of so many incidents during my childhood years when my mother would go out for a while, and I and my very spirited and fidgety brothers would turn the house into an amusement park. And then hours later when we realize our mother would be coming home anytime soon, enter us in flash mode trying to make reparations to fallen curtains, picking up everything we scattered around and chucking the rest into a cupboard whenever we ran out of cleaning time. I really liked this story, It's fun but a little bit sad that I'm only experiencing Dr. Seuss books now. I'm so going to read this to my kids someday.

  • Archit Ojha
    Jul 28, 2016

    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.

  • Whitney Atkinson
    Dec 16, 2016

    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!