Format: Picture Books
Dimensions: 72 pages, 9.33 × 6.75 × 0.45 in
Published: March 12, 1957
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 039480001x
ISBN - 13: 9780394800011
From the Publisher
Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy! It's a
rainy day and Dick and Sally can't find anything to do . . . until
the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary
afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! This beloved Beginner
Book by Dr. Seuss, which also features timeless Dr. Seuss
characters such as Fish and Thing 1 and Thing 2, is fun to read
aloud and easy to read alone. Written using 236 different words
that any first or second grader can read, it's a fixture in home
and school libraries and a favorite among parents, beginning
readers, teachers, and librarians.
Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children
to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that
give clues to their meaning.
From the Jacket
Illus. in color. The Cat in the Hat came to play one rainy, nothing-to-do afternoon. His hilarious antics are "recommended for all libraries."--(starred) "School Library Journal.
About the Author
Theodor Seuss Geisel-aka Dr. Seuss-is, quite simply, one of the
most beloved children's book authors of all time. The forty-four
books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others
that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the
pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated
into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found
their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss's long
list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot's
Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the
Oobleck; the Pulitzer Prize; and eight honorary doctorates.
Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three
Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.
From Our Editors
No one wants to be stuck inside with nothing to do, but when it
rains there's little choice. Of course, if you have The
Cat in the Hat then that's a different story. After
all, the Cat has got tricks up his sleeve that will keep you on
your toes while you have the time of your life. As he searches the
house for his lost, moss-covered, three-handled, family gredunza,
Thing One and Thing Two wreak havoc in every room. It's so much fun
it's easy to forget about the massive mess that you're creating in
mom's neatly tidied house - until she walks up the steps! Not to
worry: the Cat's got the solution for that and it's in his hat...
Instead of reviewing this modern classic, I want to give you a new reason to read it. In the early 1950s, the Connecticut school board decided that a major impediment to learning was that the Dick and Jane texts were dull. According to the biography Dr. Seuss and Mr. Geisel, a publisher read the report and contacted Dr. Seuss to create a new reading book, using the 220 words he provided. Why 220? Because people felt that was the maximum that kids could absorb. Seuss had the title within moments, but it took him nine months to write the rest. Read this book again for the first time!