72 pages, 9.3 × 6.75 × 0.38 in
March 12, 1957
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!