The ubiquitous Dr Seuss books probably dont need reviewing weve all read them and weve all read them to our children, and we all love them to bits, but I feel Kids Book Review would not be complete without at least reviewing my favourites and the favourites of my kids so youll see one pop up from time to time.The Cat in the Hat
was one of my favourite Dr Seuss books as a child, along with Green Eggs and Ham, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Fox in Sox, The Lorax
and Where is My Mother?
There is inherent magic in The Cat in the Hat
. The storyline embodies naughtiness and excitement beyond any childs wildest imagination, and to this day could send any protective parent into a tailspin, not to mention an adventuresome child.
Kids on their own? A stranger in the house? A talking cat? Trashing a house? Animal abuse (fish in teapots, Things in boxes)? Scandalous!
Of course, the success of this book is more than just the delightful naughtiness. The skilful nonsense rhyme and its delicious rhythm make it a delight to both read and read aloud. The invention, the pace, the wordage all are timeless and will never be topped.
The illustrations are something incomparable both in execution and design. Those retro, tri-colour pages of yesteryear just cant be done today without looking ridiculous they are the stuff of a delicious literary past long gone, and should stay that way so they can be admired and sighed over.
The fact that the Cat in the Hat is now available in virtually every single form imaginable (from CDs to blankets, bibs to stuffed toys and any number of book incarnations) is bad enough without sending this whimsical storyline into commercial oblivion. The technicolour movie version is a case in point.
Nonetheless, thanks to this spate of commercialism, The Cat in the Hat, and other books like it, are once again available in the small, hardcover format we once enjoyed as children, at affordable prices, meaning we can all fill our bookcases with the Dr Seuss library. Were up to over 70 books, and counting.
And what a treat to be able to revisit our childhood through these books, and see our children similarly entranced, all at the same time.
The Cat in the Hat every home library should have it.
Title: The Cat in the Hat
Author/Illustrator: Dr SeussPublisher:
0 394 90001 4
For ages: 4 - 10
Type: Rhyme, Picture Book
Related books:Dr Seusss ABC
Green Eggs and Ham
Hop on Pop
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Horton Hears a Who
Theres a Wocket in my Pocket
Fox in Socks
Oh the Places Youll Go
I Saw It On Mulberry Street
Are you My Mother?
Go Dog Go!
Mr Brown Can Moo, Can You?
Yertle the Turtle
My Book About Me
If I Ran the Zoo
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb
The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Foot Book
Great Day for Up!
Please Try to Remember The First of Octember
Ill Teach My Dog 100 Words
I am Not Going to Get Up Today!
Ten Apples Up On Top!
Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now!
Would You Rather Be a Bullfrog
The Nose Book
In A People House
I Wish That I Had Duck Feet
The Eye Book
and many many many more
Which is your favourite?