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The Cat in the Hat Hardcover – Mar 12 1957

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reprint Edition edition (March 12 1957)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039480001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394800011
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1 x 23.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 259 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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He may be an old standby, but he never lets us down. When in doubt, turn to the story of the cat that transformed a dull, rainy afternoon into a magical and just-messy-enough adventure. There's another, hidden adventure, too: this book really will help children learn to read. With his simple and often single-vowel vocabulary, the good Doctor knew what he was doing: hear it, learn it, read it--laughing all the way. The Cat in the Hat is a must for any child's library.


Dr. Seuss ignites a child's imagination with his mischievous characters and zany verses. The Express --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
With the Universal Studios movie just out, my fondness of cats and a work mate who affirmed, "if you haven't read Dr. Seuss, you have missed on one of the most wonderful childhood literary experiences"; I decided I would pick one of his books on my next visit to Borders. That was this afternoon. The result? It's simply brilliant. "The cat in the hat" presents children not only a wonderful chance for learning to read, but with the possibility of having fun at no one else's expense. When feelings don't get hurt, no one ends up unhappy. The two children enjoy what would otherwise have turned into a dull rainy day thanks to presence of the magical cat. He does make a mess of things, but in the end he knows when to stop and ...PICKS UP AFTER HIMSELF. (Young children, listen!)
The wonder of the book is not that the mom will not be upset at the mischief her children have produced when she comes back, but it lies in fact that the children have ownership of their own private world. The fun they had is their own little secret. No one knows or has to know. And the ending? Well, I can just imagine a child's face when the story gets read to them and the parent goes: "What would you do if your mother asked you?"
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Format: Hardcover
I could not not review this book
I could not let it be forsook
for on this day was Geisel born
that we should not be so forlorn
What would I do without the cat?
Where would I be without the hat?
I do not know, I can not say
I wouldn't want to see that day
For in this book, so short and sweet
is such, for all, a great big treat
The cat of mischief, cat of wise
Cat with gleaming knowing eyes
And of the hat!
What's up with that?
Where did those stripes come from?
Yes I know
Poor grammar, oh,
I'm really not that dum!
I would the world would know the cat
I hope the world will wear the hat
Can such a book be left alone?
Can such a tale be overblown?
I thinkest not, I thought antiquely
For this is writing most uniquely
And such will never come again
To grace the page with such a pen
To give us such unbridled joy
To please and, yes, and to annoy
But in the end to satisfy
With merriment and laughing sigh
For on this day we give our thanks
For treasure that is not in banks
But on the printed page before us
Thank you, oh dear Dr. Seuss!
I wrote this in honour of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, on the anniversary of his birthday. Using a vocabulary of a mere 223 words, 'The Cat in the Hat' has become a standard children's classic throughout the English-speaking world. I remember as a child delighting at the discovery of rhyming words and what fun they could be, and when coupled with the imaginative drawings and simple yet engaging plot lines, Dr. Seuss became my favourite almost instantly.
The plot of 'The Cat in the Hat' is simple yet meaningful.
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By A Customer on Nov. 3 2002
Format: Hardcover
"The Cat in The Hat" by Dr. Seuss
On the first page it starts out with "The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day."
The setting is a cold rainy day, and the children's mother isn't home. Suddenly walking up the driveway comes The Cat in the Hat. And what a mess he makes. Inviting himself into the house he breaks plates, gets food all over the place, and much, much more. He then brings out of his hat Thing 1 and Thing 2 accompanied then by a lot more Things. They make an even better mess jumping into the goldfish bowl, breaking more plates, and banging pots and pans. Then all the Things go back in the hat and magically everything is put back to normal by a giant vacuum as the mother gets home. She asks, "Did you have any fun? Tell me. What did you do?" The two children don't know what to say. They ask you what you would do if your mother asked you.
This is a good book to read to your children on a cold, wet day, or on any type of day. They should get some laughs out of hearing or reading this book. This may be one of Seuss' harder books to read but it's still an all time favorite like all his other books.
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Format: Hardcover
If you approach Seuss's "Cat in the Hat" looking to be told a story worthy of the Modern Library's #1 book of the 20th Century, then you will most likely be disappointed. But if you throw aside your expectations of what makes a book great and just read the words as you would the people, places, sights and sounds that trigger your thoughts during the course of a normal day, then you will be amazed.
In "Cat," Theodor Seuss Geisel uses his superhuman vocabulary and literary knowledge to relate a day in the life of a couple children and the animals and things with whom they interact. Seuss's words are abnormally sophisticated, yet one never gets the feeling he is simply showing off. While his writing style is often referred to as stream-of-consciousness, it is clear that every word is appropriately placed and deeply thought out. As "Cat" meanders along through its day, the objects that enter the periphery of the protagonists triggers emotions and thoughts that lead to: poems, songs, theological and political discussions, laughing, shouting, incoherent noises, etc. The novel ranges from sublime to aggravating, but that is only because it is so true to its form. How many times in a normal day, if we were to stop and ruminate upon what we were just thinking, would we then think, "What was that?" But then it's quickly on to the next interaction destined to spark different emotions, thoughts, ideas, etc...
It is impossible to sum this book up. It follows no plot or pattern other than that it is simply 1 day. Two people, a cat, a goldfish, and two things... 1 day.
Reading this book reminded me at times of the Simpsons episode where Homer is seen watching an episode of David Lynch's Twin Peaks. "Brilliant!" Homer remarks, but then quietly to himself, "I have no idea what is going on here.
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