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The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
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The Cat in the Hat - Dr Seuss
Advantages: Great book for young readers, nice rhythmic style of poetry, basic illustrations
Disadvantages: None, this is a classic
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.
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Timeless classic about a cat who comes to vist, bringing along mayhem and madness