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Author: Dr. Seuss / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 07 January 2010 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers / Title: The Cat in the Hat / ISBN 13: 9780007348695 / ISBN 10: 0007348695

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      16.07.2013 09:49
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      The cat in the hat book

      The cat in the hat is one of my favourite books from childhood and now I get to share it with my children which I love. It was written by Dr Seuss and published in 1957 but is still a much read classic to this day and I think this just goes to show what an amazing timeless kids book this actually is.

      What i love about it is that its a funny, crazy story and full of tantalising tongue twisters and crazy mad cap schemes. It keeps us laughing the whole way through and wondering what the crazy cat in the hat will do next. We meet the cat who comes to a house where there are two children, a boy and a girl home alone. The cat in the hat then proceeds to reek havoc on the house by point balancing teacups, milk, cakes and fish to name but a few items whilst he is balancing on a ball, much to the distress of the children in the house. Their mother is out and would not like to see the mess when she comes back. We are then introduced to Thing 1 and Thing 2, two brilliant characters who also proceed to make a mess and run around the house. In the end the children manage to make the cat clean up the mess just before their mother arrived back home but will they tell her what went on that day?

      The book is wonderfully illustrated and the story is really brought to life by the pictures in my opinion. The cat in the hat looks rather mischievous to me, as do Thing 1 and Thing 2 and the chaos in the house is really well displayed and it makes you wonder what you would do if you were faced with such a mess!


      According to an article I read, "More than 11 million copies of The Cat in the Hat have been printed. It has been translated into more than 12 different languages, including Latin, under the title Cattus Petasatus, and Yiddish, under the title Di Kats der Payats. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal."

      An amazing classic that every child should have in their library.

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      27.11.2012 11:26
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      Timeless classic about a cat who comes to vist, bringing along mayhem and madness

      When I was growing up I was never really exposed to Dr. Seuss, until in my mid teens when some of my friends had some of the books. Years later while holidaying in Florida, my ex discovered she was pregnant and it just so happened to coincide with a trip to Universal Studios, where we went on The Cat in the Hat ride. I found it fun every time we spotted The Cat in the Hat, shouting out with my ex's children "The cat in the hat!!". I decided there and then that when my child is born I shall get the Dr Seuss books and see what all the fuss is about.

      ==The Author==

      Theodor Seuss Geisel otherwise known as Dr Seuss was an American writer who after having minimal success with his writing, was given a challenge to write a book containing only 250 words, a book that would also be entertaining for young early readers. In 1957 'The Cat in The Hat' was published, using only 236 of the 250 words given to him in the challenge (The book contains over 1500 words in total but only uses the 236 key words). This book became one of the most popular children's books of all time and spawned a sequel 'The Cat in The Hat Comes Back' and a 2003 film starring Mike Myers as the cat. After this book Dr Seuss wrote various other children's books written in a similar style, some of these books were aimed at early readers and some were aimed at a wider audience, ' One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish', 'There's a Wocket in my Pocket', and 'Green Eggs & Ham', to name but a few.

      ==About the Book==

      The book tells the story of two children, the unnamed boy who narrates the story and his sister Sally who are left home alone on a cold wet day when all of a sudden there is a loud bump. The cat in the hat appears, and proceeds to wreck the house with his own brand of fun to the dismay of the poor talking goldfish (who seems a bit snobbish) who does not like his brand of fun, not one little bit! The cat introduces us to two little creatures called Thing 1 and Thing 2 (my daughters favourite characters in the book) who also join in the fun and frolics, like flying kites up and down the hall, and knocking things over. The two children catch the two things and tell the cat to get rid of them when the fish notices their mother coming home. The cat comes back to clean up the house just before the children's mother comes walking through the door.

      The book is written in a nice rhyming style similar to other books written by the same author and has a nice rhythm to it. The majority of the words are monosyllabic, making it easy for a young reader to grasp, I usually teach my daughter a word when I am reading it and every time I come across this word I point to it and get her to read it. The illustrations in the book are really basic, making use of minimal colours, such as black, red, blue, and peach, although basic, the illustrations highlight the story really well and this prompts my daughter to describe what is happening.

      ==Price==

      You can purchase this book from amazon.co.uk for £3.74 including delivery, although the RRP on the rear of the book says £5.99.

      ==Verdict==

      My daughter loves this book, although she does prefer 'Green Eggs & Ham' written by the same author. In my opinion it is quite a long book and I very rarely get to the end of it before my daughters attention span switches to something else, but she is only 3, and I think this book is more aimed at a 5 year old child or over. I have since bought other Dr Seuss books and I will continue building up the collection, as they are timeless classics and I find they really do help with my daughters reading. I highly recommend this book for all children, every child should experience the magical world of Dr Seuss and it is a shame that it took me 38 years for my first experience, as I love it as an adult, but I think I would have loved it even more as a child.

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        26.01.2011 18:48
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        This book belongs on every child's bookshelf!

        The Cat in the Hat has to be one of the nest known children's books in the English speaking world. This simple child's book sparked and unintended war among educators between whole language or "look say" reading, and phonics, but is this really what the author intended. I would say most certainly not. Theodor Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) has been quoted as stating "... I think killing phonics was one of the greatest causes of illiteracy in the country." (Arizona Magazine, June 1981 http:// wearechange.wordpress.com /2008/05/27/ dr-seuss-and-the-killing -of-phonics/

        So what's all the hullabaloo about?

        According to legend, "The cat in the Hat" was created using a word list of 223 words. This is not exactly true, instead the author was given a list of 348 words that William Spaulding, the director Houthton Mifflin's education division felt every 6 year old American child should know. he was then to choose up to 225 of these for his book. In fact he used 223 + 13 extras. In a deal with Geisel's publisher, Random House, the rights to this book would be shared with Houghton Mifflin having the rights for educational usage and Random House for trade. This book was not intended to be a new method of teaching children to read, but rather was meant to replace the existing primers with something children would actually want to read, once they had the ability to do so. Many people however, have interpreted this as an attempt to have children memorise the set list of words by sight, rather than learning to break them down by phonics.

        Without going into a 10,000 word discussion of phonics vs whole language, I think many have missed the point. The Cat in the Hat, and other books in this series will compliment either form of reading instruction. As a die hard phonics supporter myself, I was determined my son would learn to read by phonics. But once he has learned to sound words out, the number of truly phonetic reading primers is both very small, and rather dull. This book supports phonemic awareness, from infancy as it accustoms the child to hearing rhymes, which will later improve a child's ability to decode word families using phonics. the rhythm and rhyme of this story make it easy to read, and almost all of the words are words that can be sounded out. another factor making this book ideal for the emergent reader who has been using phonics is the length of most of the words. This book consist primarily of short, easy to sound out words, with 221 of them having only one syllable, and only one word having three.

        The fact that the same words are repeated throughout the series means the children will not have to stop to sound each word out, but will soon recognise the most common words, thus being able to read the story for pleasure, quickly and fluently. We all learn to read by sight eventually, I doubt anyone is sounding out each syllable as they read this review. This book helps encourage that ease in reading and makes reading fun. Children can sound out the words until they become familiar, but soon will learn all the words to the book.

        I think this book is ideal for young children who are just starting to read to develop confidence. My five year old has just read it with me today, we take turns, I read one page and he reads the next. the words are simple and easy to decode, while the story is familiar and decidedly more fun then some of the old primers. as a home educator, I find these books a wonderful resource for our studies, but would recommend them to all parents to help encourage a child's progress in reading.

        The Cat in The Hat is a timeless classic which creates a genuinely fun and amusing story of a large friendly cat, who gets into all sorts of trouble, and his even more troublesome friends, Thing One and Thing Two when they come to call on two young children who are alone for the day. The story is very simple and rather nonsensical, but has enough catastrophes and general mayhem to appeal to most young readers. It is silly, but it is good fun. I think children can enjoy imagining what the Mother in this story will say when she comes home, but thankfully the Cat has things all sorted by then. The story ends with the question, should they tell their Mom all the events of the day? "Well..... What would you do if your Mother asked you?" Of course I find this a fun point to ask what they really would do.

        The illustrations are decidedly dated, using only three colours, as was common at this time due to limitations of printing processes. Still they have a unique charm,and I certainly would not be in favour of updating them.
        I think the contrast in the simple illustration appeals to babies as well, and the rhythm of the text. I would recommend this book as a storybook from infancy, perhaps 6 months of age, and for independent reading from about age 5 or 6. My boys both still enjoy the story, although I do think it appeals more to the younger child ( age 2). My 5 year old would not be inclined to choose this for a bedtime story anymore, but at his age the joy of this book comes from saying "I can Read it!" which is coincidentally close to the Dr Seuss motto " I can Read it All By Myself!"

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          12.09.2008 10:38
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          A Beginner book from Dr Seuss. The first he ever wrote.

          The Cat in the Hat is a book written by Dr Seuss. This was the first book which he wrote in the collection. Dr Seuss wrote a whole collection of book designed for beginner readers. He used Humour and rhyme to make the book appealing to children and he has also used bright illustrations for children who cannot read to follow the story. He used the moto 'I can read it all by myself' for his collection of beginner books.

          The front cover of the book is blue and has a red border. Inside the blue rectangle is a picture of a cat wearing a red and white striped tall hat and a red bow tie. To the side of the picture is the title in white lettering. The back cover of the book is white with a red border and there is another picture of the cat and a smaller cat reading a book and above this is a paragraph explaining about Dr Seuss' books.

          The story starts with it being a wet day so the children were unable to go out to play, they sat in the house all day. The little boy sat with his sister Sally and wished that they had something to do. They did not like sitting with nothing to do. Suddenly something went bump and made them both jump. They looked up and saw a cat standing on the mat, the cat was wearing a hat. The cat asked why they were both sitting there like that even though it was raining they could still have lots of fun.

          The cat said he knew lots of games they could play and lots of good tricks. The children did not know what to say as their mother was out for the whole day. The fish in the bowl said that it was not a good idea and that the cat should not be there whilst their mother is out. The cat disagreed with the fish and the games started and so did the tricks.

          Would the cat be gone by the time their mother got home and would the fish be right by saying that the cat being their was wrong?

          This is a very funny story and my eldest is loving reading it. He is managing to read the words all by himself as the book is written in very simple and basic words and the majority of them do rhyme so they are easier to recognise. The writing style is very cleaver and the rhyming words add a good touch of humour which makes my little man want to read the following page to find out what will happen next.

          The illustrations with accompany the story are very good and do help to tell the story. My 3 year old sits and tells me the story by using the pictures, although he is not accurate he is very close with what he thinks is going on.

          The book has 61 pages with the majority if them having writing on so this is not a book which can be read quickly. It usually takes me a good 10 minutes to read it to my boys and my eldest us only reading about 5 pages each night as there are a lot of words on the pages. The text is a good size which help with the reading and I have found that if I am not completely concentrating on the words I do make mistakes with the rhyming words.

          There is a whole collection of Dr Seuss books and a few which are also aimed at the beginner reader include:-

          The cat in the hat came back
          Green Eggs and Ham
          The Fox in Socks
          And to Think I saw it on Mulberry Street

          I picked up my new copy of this book on eBay of £2.50 but they are also available to buy on Amazon and the title starts at around the £3.50 price and go up to £4.50 depending on which title you are after.

          The book was published by Collins and was first published in 1957 by Random House Inc.

          I recommend this as a very fun book for children of all ages.

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            13.03.2007 13:29
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            A true classic

            Dr Seuss started writing his books with the idea of providing texts that would make learning to read and practicing reading fun and as easy as possible. Only careful examination of the illustrations, especially those including people and not bizarre fantastic creatures, reveals that many of his books are over half a century old.

            His heady mix of illustrations, for which the word quirky must have been invented and the text, which provides verbal equivalent of those illustrations, is even now inimitable.

            There is an anarchic element in all Dr Seuss books, both in the story lines (in those books that actually have a discernible one) and particularly in the linguistic aspects of the text. They read a bit as if the principle of free association was applied to pure language, similar to when small children play with the language in a way that can leave more traditionally minded parents flabbergasted at the complete nonsense that gets uttered.

            The genius of Dr Seuss lies in the fact that his books stay just about this side of sane, while retaining the free, rather manic, hyper quality of a child running high on their own creativity and laughter.

            "The Cat in a Hat" is amongst the relatively more conventional of Dr Seuss stories, in the sense that it actually has a clear storyline: the story involves two normal human children, in a normal house, and only when their mother goes out on a wet, boring day, the Seussian magic starts with the appearance of a certain Cat. The cat plays tricks, shows off, involves children; and finally lets out of a box two Things which bring the mayhem a few levels up. I love the fact that they are just called Things (Thing one and Thing two, to be precise): it shouldn't work but it does.

            As the return of the mother gets near, children are left with a problem of getting rid of the Cat-created mess, and with an even bigger dilemma: should they tell their mother about the Cat's visit? Well... /What would YOU do/ If your mother asked YOU?

            It's hard to believe that "The Cat in a Hat" uses just 236 words, none of them above two syllables (these were given to Seuss by educationalists when he started to write). The text flows perfectly, and although obviously simple, it never appears stilted. The rhyme, the rhythm and the repetition make it easier to read (both for an emergent reader child and for a parent reading aloud to a pre-reader). Some Dr Seuss books can be a struggle to read aloud for a non-native like me, because of their tongue-twisting character (Fox In Socks is a prime example), but The Cat in a Hat poses no such problems.

            I can't really think of a criticism to make of The Cat in a Hat. It's fun, it can be used educationally, it is adventurous and anarchic like only the best excesses of juvenile imaginations can be, but it actually ends up with a big tidy up. If you have children aged 3 to 6 who have not experienced this vintage Dr Seuss, go and get it now. And no, the movies don't count.


            Harper Collins Children's Books published the 50th Birthday edition on the 5 Mar 2007.

            Paperback: 64 pages; available for about £1.50 from Amazon Marketplace or £4 for a new copy.


            This review has been originally written for www.thebookbag.co.uk

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              14.03.2006 14:13
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              The story of a very naughty cat that wears a hat.

              This is a review of the 2003 UK edition of The Cat in the Hat published by Collins. (Harper Collins children's books, a division of Harper Collins publishers Ltd. www.harpercollins.co.uk).
              The book was printed and bound in Hong Kong.

              The Cat in the Hat was written by the late, American born author Theodor Seuss Geisel, (1904-1991), under his nom-de-plume; Dr Seuss. It was first published in New York, USA in 1957 and in the UK a year later in 1958.

              The Cat in the Hat is quite a short book with only 61 pages. 21 of these pages feature full sized illustrations. The print is quite large and there aren't many lines of text on a typical page. This helps younger readers and stops them losing interest.

              Dr Seuss tragically died in 1991 and in my opinion the world lost one of it's greatest children's authors. By this point Dr Seuss had 46 books published and they hold sold over 200 million copies world wide. Dr Seuss both wrote and illustrated all 46 of his books. The books have been translated into over 20 languages, books on tape/audio books and even Braille. There have been several cartoons and films featuring such actors as, Mike Myers, (The Cat in the Hat), and Jim Carey, (The Grinch). There is even a Dr Seuss musical.

              The Cat in the Hat, in my opinion is an excellent book. It is so accessible to children the world over; anything that inspires confidence and an interest in reading is a good thing. The Cat in the Hat features only 223 different words and Dr Seuss's amazing brand of rhyme and meter. The book is aimed at young children and the rhyme helps build confidence.

              The Cat in the Hat is about a brother and sister all alone at home on a cold, rainy day with nothing to do. They sit watching the rain completely bored when they get an unexpected visitor; The Cat in the Hat! The cat gets up to fabulous mischief that gets the family fish quite worked up, (yes that's right; the family fish)! In the process of all this mischief the cat introduces Thing 1 and Thing 2 to the children and between the 3 guests the house gets pretty much trashed, even mother's new dress! The fish spots mother and you'll have to read it to find out what happens next!

              The rhyming in this book is inspired and fans of Dr Seuss will not be disappointed, if they haven't read it already. The book is full of Dr Seuss's unique blend of wit, whimsy and humour. I love The Cat in the Hat so much and I have done since I was a child. The plot is not the best in the world but do bear in mind that is aimed and kids the illustrations are fantastic and coloured using black, white and various shades of blue and red.

              I would recommend this book to children without question; they will love to be read this book at a very young age and will later love reading it for themselves. For adults I recommend it with caution, not because I didn't love the book, but because I think you need to be the right kind of grown-up to enjoy it. I defiantly am but are you?

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                The cat in the hat.

                Intro: If you get through this, I admire you.

                I am totally bats about cats that wear hats.

                Now I have never seen, expect in my dreams, a hat on a cat or a scarf come to that!
                But when Seuss let loose, with this wordy abuse, to take up the noose and seduce the obtuse with the work he produced (Boy I am confused!)

                So taking the fact, that the act was a pact (A religious artefact) not a tale of a frail young male with his sister, who’s mother had left her, unclothed and untethered, to fend and depend on her brother (no other) to show her, to love her.

                Well I see your still with me, how can I define that you will see in time that this views not just mine but that it is divine intervention that is my intention not humour prevention that I show you this tale.

                Okay, religion is shown as the devil has grown to a cat with a hat and a fish with a wish to save all of our souls, (just one of his goals) but the inner child that has gone wild, took his advice (not just once, twice but thrice!) before realising that when summarising, the amphibious creature was not just a preacher, but also a teacher of what’s right and wrong!

                Phew!

                Okay, so the moral is clear (yes it is, its right here!) and it is what we all fear, that the dark side is rife, that it could change your life and cause you such strife (its true, ask my wife!) That the fish must be J.C. and I have to agree that it did baffle me until I could see that Cat loved to revel at being the devil, so when down to his level it’s clear, is it not?

                If you have stayed with me this long, you are mesmerised, baffled or drunk.

                So I will give it to you straight.

                Dr Seuss, alias for Theodore S. Geisel had an uncanny knack for making the common word sound unusual. Taking as few words as possible, yet making the flow and originality an absolute gem to read for child and adult alike.

                Born in Springfield (Is he related to Bart Simpson one asks?) M.A. in 1904, Theo left the U.S. to be educated at Dartmouth college and then on to Oxford University. Returning to the U.S. after bleeding us poor Brits for an obvious far greater education that available back home, he went to work for the top humour magazine called the Judge, where he penned his stories and sketched his cartoons for notable magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair and Liberty.

                He did not actually write a book until 1936, and it was rejected by over 40 authors before a friend published it for him, with limited success. I believe it was called “And to think that I saw it on Mulberry Street!” and named/written after the sounds a ships engine makes.

                I digress, after his exploits in WW2, when he was awarded the Legion of Merit and won two Oscars for his work, he carried on writing short stories. In 1955, after hearing the failings of the education systems ability to keep children interested in reading, he decided on a list of 500 words and declared that he would write a book using those words only. In fact, he whittled that down to only 220 words, and penned the now famous Cat in the Hat.

                His shortest amount of words used has to be Green Eggs and Ham, which used only 50 words throughout the whole story. Now for all you challenge addicts out there, THAT was what I call a challenge.

                Sadly, Theo passed away in 1991, aged 87.

                THE BOOK

                What was I rambling on about in my intro eh?

                Well, psychiatrists would have you believe that the Cat in the Hat was in fact a book based on the religious intentions of Good V Evil. The children abandoned by their mother looking through the window with an evil tree coaxing them inside, their obvious attraction to each other and their sexual exploration. The cat representing Evil and the Fish good, and how they stray but are pulled back by their faith and strength in each other, and their mother returning.

                Now taking the facts, the Freudian methods of egos and what-nots, then they may have a point. However, I tend to think that if you analyse something enough, you can always get it to read how you want it to.

                I prefer to think of the Cat as an eccentric who is perhaps taking a metaphor of religion and ensuring these youngsters are kept on to the right tracks whilst ensuring the guilt of motherhood re-ignites their dwindling relationship. Mind you, would you want your mother back after she dumped you in the snow and ran off to do, well whatever a mother would do who could abandon her kids. I don’t think there is much that she wouldn’t do, the heaven!

                One thing for sure, the limited words used in the text only help to excite the rhythm, increase the awareness and ensure the flow is unlimited for such few syllables. Now try to simplify an entire fairytale into 220 words and see how far you would get.
                Yet he manages to keep you going like a train on a track. You know the sound? Ta-ta-ta-tsa-ta, Ta-ta-ta-tsa-ta! Seriously this book raps in your head like a posh Eminem!

                Even after putting the book down (15 minutes later, as you have read it twice it's that good!) you still find yourself speaking in Seuss. Honest to gods, try it!
                A burger for tea?
                Gosh for me?
                I’ll have three.

                You can not help it, it drives you round the bend and those people who you are talking to after you have read this suffer as much as you do. Even down the pub you find yourself rhyming Pork Scratchings with animalistic attractions! Oh my god, get out of my head Seuss!

                The story as I say has a varied interpretation but I found it enjoyable, easy to stay with and flowed smoother than the Amazon.

                CARTOONS

                Now it is not just the book that makes this a good read, in fact, I will go as far as to say the read would not appeal initially without the fantastically animated sketches that accompany each story and take you for a visual rollercoaster ride through a kaleidoscope of mirage and imagination. Even down to the simplistic colours and almost subliminal messages, the expression of even a goldfish can make your mind wander. Truly a breathtaking tour of animation beyond the 2 dimensional pages it represents.

                The few words on each page fit into the scenario which allows your mind to explore you questions and make an animated sequence of your own. Basically, they come alive! You do not see sketches, but you become a cartoon and imagine the creatures moving across the pages. It’s true I tell you, just read it and see!

                Old Theo won a few Oscars for his cartoons and it shows why, they are imaginative, visual creations which make the entire read an adventure.

                TO SUMMARISE:

                I won’t baffle you with more gibberish as I did at the start, as no doubt some people will use that as a reason to prove my insanity, but I will describe the book as I see it.

                Combine a rhyme with a cartoon, and you have a book with moving pictures.
                That was the strength of Dr. Seuss, he made the book come alive in your head.
                If there was ever any need to accuse someone of insanity, then this man would have been locked away and had his LSD confiscated, but sometimes that fine line between genius and insanity can be bridged by sheer guts and ambition, and he chose that challenge and rose to it well. Other Seuss books appeal in their own way, not least Green Eggs and Ham, but none, not even The Grinch, can take away the raw pleasure that Cat in the Hat gives you each time you read it. Because of the beauty and simplicity that he creates, your cartoon moves in different directions and you imagination picks up a different scene every time.

                You do not need to think when you read this book, just dream.


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                  My two children are both keen readers but until recently we had not encountered the Dr Seuss books. For some reason I had the impression that they were too 'Americanised' and had bypassed them on the bookshelves in favour of others. However, when we went on holiday recently and I told my 4 year old he could choose any book in the shop I was a little disheartened when he insisited on having Cat In The Hat. On the aeroplane we read the book 4 or 5 times and fell in love with it. The book is written in rhyme form and it is very easy to read. The whole thing is somewhat nonsensical but hilarious. It is great for kids imagination but has no scary parts. Basically the storyline follows 2 children (from the drawings they are aged about 4 or 5) who have been left alone at home (!). They let this strange cat in a hat into their house and allsorts of missadventures follow. The children start to worry about what will happen when their mother gets home but of course the cat fixes that problem as well. There is of course a moral to the story (other than don't leave your children at home alone obviously!) and it makes the children think. My son seems to think of a new question to ask each time we pick the book up. The excellent style of writing makes it a pleasure to read, and very easy for children to read themselves. If you have children or neices/ nephews etc and haven't tried Dr Seuss I can heartily recommend it. Also if your kids fall asleep while you're reading it to them at bedtime I'm sure you'll finish it off yourself

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                    I loved the Dr Seuss books when I was young so when I saw The Cat In The Hat book I had to buy it for my son. He loves it. It is a rhyming story about a girl and boy who have been left at home by their mother on a rainy day. They are sat in front of the window watching the rain when there comes a crash at the door and in bursts The Cat In The Hat. He proceeds to balance many objects including the fish in the dish on top of each other. The Fish cries out to the children NO NO make him stop he must not be here. He must not be here when your mother is not. The Cat In the Hat then drops all the things including the fish in the dish who lands in a pot. He cries out again NO NO make him stop he should not be here when your mother is not! The children then look around at the mess then say to The Cat In The Hat NO NO stop you should not be hear when our mother is not. So The Cat In the Hat then looks rather sad and says wait I have another good game to show you and in he comes with a box. Inside he explains is Thing one and Thing two. Then he lets them loose on the house. Making the most awful mess. By this time the children are worried and say Stop you should not be here when our mother is not. The Cat In The Hat says you do not like the games that I play and packs Thing one and Thing Two away. He then leaves the house looking a mess and the children hear their mother returning and look around wondering how they can clear up the mess. This is the point of the book when my son becomes involved. Shouting at the children in the book to hurry up and clear up as mother is coming. Then in Bursts The Cat In The Hat and clears up all of his playthings and explains that he always tidies up his mess. After he has left mother returns and asks the Children what they have done on this wet wet day. The end of the book is the children deciding what they should tell
                    their mother. My son always changes his opinion. If he is in a good mood it will be yes tell your mummy you should never keep secrets from your mummy. Then another day it will be no don't tell your mummy as she will tell you off for letting a stranger into the house as that is dangerous. This book is wonderful for getting the childs mind working and the rhyming and illustrations are wonderful. It is not just a one time read but a regular one in my house. And I am sure when my daughter is old enough to enjoy it I will be reading it even more. You must buy it. I have left loads out!

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                      30.09.2000 01:03
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                      As a big sister I read this to my little sister 20 ish years ago. I now read it to my own kids and I also read it to the kids at the play group I work at. Rhymes and nonsense. Kids doing things without parents knowing. It has all the ingredients of the perfect book for children. You can even forgive it being American because for once it reads well in English as well ! It encourages children to think about rhyme and how words sound and so as well has having fun and enjoying the story they are learning without realising. This is the best way for young children to learn. You can have fun with words and books and the Cat in the Hat is a great way to do this.

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                      28.07.2000 07:48
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                      Anyone who enjoys reading stories to their children and who have not yet discovered Dr.Seuss are missing out on probably childrens favourite type of story. It rhymes, it is pure childish nonsense, is wonderfully illustrated and if you look carefully there are good moral messages that even a 3 year old can understand. My daughter has been enjoying these stories since she was two and four years later she reads them to her toys and unprompted from me I even caught her explaining the moral to her teddy. There are at least 60 books to choose from all of which delight, whether passing on messages or just enjoying the tongue twisters offered up in the text. Kids will also love to see that even grown ups can have trouble reading out loud with some of them. Considering they are American in origin, they still transfer to English very well without too much lost in the translation. Culture in cartoon form!

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