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The Cat in the Hat

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  347,488 ratings  ·  4,904 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
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!
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
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The cat in the hat, Dr. Seuss
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ششم ماه جولای سال 2011 میلادی
عنوان: گربه کلاه به سر؛ نویسنده: سوس، برگردان: امیرحسین میرزاییان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، گیسا، 1389، در 61 ص، مصور رنگی، شابک: 9786009161843، گروه سنی: الف، ب؛ موضوع: شعر فارسی ترجمه شده از انگلیسی
در داستان گربه کلاه به سر؛ پسرکی همراه خواهرش در خانه تنها و بی حوصله هستند؛ تا اینکه گربه ای عجیب و غریب وارد خانه میشود و با کارهایش باعث میشود که حوصله آنها اصلا سر نرود! نوه ی خواهرم هانیه عاشق این کتابهاست، هر بار که میآیند
[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.
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
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
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.

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
Mar 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kasey-s-books
Nunca he entendido porque este es el libro más popular de Dr. Seuss, si él tiene otros mucho mejores.
Tampoco entiendo porque a los niños les gusta tanto.

Es una historia muy entretenida y divertida. Que ayuda al vocabulario de los niños, por medio de la repetición de palabras y las rimas.

Pero realmente no tiene un mensaje o moraleja.

Inclusive el final me llega a molestar un poco, ya que cierra preguntándole a los niños si ellos le dirían la verdad a su mamá.
Como si no decir la verdad fuera una o
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: kids, american-20th-c
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…
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?
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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!!
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another book I read as a child. One I have shared with my nieces and nephews. Excellent book for interesting young people in reading.
Ayesha S.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childhood-books
No child should grow up without a bit of Dr. Seuss's magic.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Lovely pieces of words.
Great sweet flow of poetry.
I felt like I was kid,while reading those Funny rhyme.
Thanks Trinity, I found that in your shelf.
Aug 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Прочла сыну книжку-классику для начинающих читать; оказалось: что она в стихах, что в ней лимитированное количество слов, что я до сих пор не знаю, как произносится фамилия автора.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
3.5 stars. My favorite Dr. Seuss book as a kid. I was very happy to be able to read this out loud with my five year old daughter and have her love it as much as I did.
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Another lovable classic from Dr. Seuss. I am truly glad we don't have Cats in Hats roaming about that can create such havoc!
Ashley Cooper
Jul 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Really good book. Bit of a complicated plot, but the pictures help.
2017 Reading Challenge #30: A book with pictures.

Cuando comencé a leer esta historia estaba indignada. ¿Niños que dejan entrar a extraños cuando están solos, destrucción de la casa? ¿Qué clase de mensaje es ese? Sin embargo, luego leí el párrafo final cuando los niños se preguntan si deben contarle lo sucedido a su mamá:

"Should we tell her about it?
Now, what SHOULD we do?
What would YOU do
If your mother asked you?"

Y me di cuenta que es la apertura perfecta para conversar con los más chicos
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Its actually embarrassing how much I liked it. I love things that rhyme and Ive never read "the cat in the hat". Adorable. ...more
Francois Jabbour
Now the book starts off with a single mother and her two kids. Immediately, we realise the mother is single as there is no mention of a father. Perhaps the father is dead? Maybe they divorced? Either way, that's no excuse for the mother to be running off during a dark and stormy night (the perfect setting for some freaky horror movie) to go out with her gals and get her drink on.

Anyways, the mother leaves the kids alone, at home. We can assume they are both under the age of 10. They have no adul
Eddy Allen
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing. The film version really didn't do it justice, as they failed to identify the underlying sociopolitical themes in this work. The "cat" is really Communist Russia, invading the "house" (western civilization) and attempting to impose "fun" (Communism). When the "cat" makes a mess of things, he brings in some complex contraption (the space program? This is open to interpretation) to clean the house up and keep the children happy, while also subtly implying that the children in ...more
Marty :} (thecursedbooks)
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this one feels like childhood and happiness.
Ivonne Rovira
May 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: tots and former tots who remember the thrill of getting away with stuff
People like to berate The Cat in the Hat for what it's not. It's not beautifully illustrated, like The Water Babies by Charles Kingsley or Beatrix Potter's The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit. Nor is it lyrical like Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Miss Bianca by Margery Sharp or Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.

But, along with Dr. Seuss' One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, it was one of the very first books I ever owned or read. My Cuban parents didn't read English -- not then -- an
A. Dawes
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Anybody who put me on to the path of reading I cherish and Dr. Seuss was one of those pivotal figures. My dad and mum used to read this and many other Dr. Seuss books to us as kids, and we never grew bored. Dr. Seuss' illustrations are adorable and he really taps in to children's minds. Forget the film though.

In this story, Dick and Sally are bored out of their wits on a rainy day, when The Cat in the Hat suddenly appears and their day becomes complicated, slightly weird, topsy-turvy, but also f
Jan 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
I recall this book caused me much stress as a child - much like the kittens who come in and wreck the doll house in the Sesame Street short film. However, as an adult reading it to my own kids, they were never shaken by the mess - they were interested in how the kids would manage to pull off the whole debacle.
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: childrens
Murakami's windup bird left me quite sore
Oh no declared I shall read it no more!
Murakami's book was such great bore.
To the bookshop I took it,
I don't want this no more.
I don't care for Murakamis cat,
Not when there's...
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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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Look at me!
Look at me NOW!
It is fun to have fun
But you have to know how.”
“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” 552 likes
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