The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat

Book - 1957
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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.
ISBN: 9780394800011
Characteristics: 61 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 11, 2017

What's not to love about a talking cat that plays well with kids & gets into mischief?!

Age recommendation: all ages

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 10!

Mar 25, 2017

First published in 1957 - The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss. As of 2007, more than 10 million copies of The Cat in the Hat have been printed, and it has been translated into more than 12 different languages, including Latin, under the title Cattus Petasatus.

The story centres around a tall, lean, anthropomorphic cat, who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. One rainy day the Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her unnamed brother when their mother is away. Ignoring repeated objections from the children's fish, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them.

Originally from Springfield, Massachusetts - Theodor Seuss Geisel (born March 2, 1904) was a cartoonist, and artist. He died in 1991 (at the age of 87) from cancer.

PimaLib_Kids Feb 09, 2017

I liked this book because it is funny. - Davin, age 7

Oct 17, 2016

A classic. Based on an idea by Phyllis Cerf and Dr Seuss, Cerf compiled a list of 379 words as the basic vocabulary for young readers, along with another twenty slightly harder "emergency" words. No more than 200 words were taken from that list to write "The Cat in the Hat". This was a new idea in 1958, but soon became very popular, and remains to this day. Anyway, that's a bit of history, the main thing your kids want to know is it's easy to read, flows beautifully, and is full of Dr Seuss charm.

Jun 14, 2016

One of Seuss' best. Simple vocabulary, amusing story, lilting rhymes.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

With simple vocabulary and a lovely rhythm, Dr. Seuss brings us a story of a cat in a hat who shows up at Dick and Sally’s home on a cold rainy day to take them on a magical adventure.

Apr 26, 2015

has guided me through life

Apr 01, 2015

My absolute favorite Dr. Seuss book. I recently read this aloud to a group of kids, preschool-grade 5, and was impressed by how much they enjoyed the story. It truly is timeless!

eldynarzu Aug 11, 2014

never gets old

Jan 29, 2014

A white nuckle thrill ride, a real emotional roller coaster, with deep and substantial plot twists, that made this reader quistion the point of his very existance to the deepist depths of his soal not enough stars can be awarded!! a masterpiece

View All Comments


Add a Quote

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

Lawrence Quinn: Oh, I think you're gonna love it! It's just like summer camp, except with brutal forced marches and soul-crushing discipline.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

Conrad: I'm not going to military school.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

The Cat: Well, sure, he can talk. But is he saying anything? No, not really.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

Sally: The fish is talking.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

The Fish: Me! Remember, the fish? Came home in a baggy, loved me for two weeks, and then *nothing*!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

Conrad: Who said that?

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

The Fish: Stop this right now!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

The Cat: Awkward.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

Conrad: That's my mom.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

The Cat: Humina, humina, humina! Who is this?

View All Quotes

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

Jul 11, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Apr 26, 2015

lionlover thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

blue_kangaroo_105 Aug 17, 2014

blue_kangaroo_105 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

yellow_ant_147 Aug 12, 2014

yellow_ant_147 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 2 and 6

Jun 03, 2014

indigo_dolphin_312 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and under

SPL_Childrens Feb 27, 2013

SPL_Childrens thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8

kristopherpaul Aug 05, 2012

kristopherpaul thinks this title is suitable for 6 years and over

red_cat_12880 Jul 23, 2012

red_cat_12880 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and under

SHIRLEY (INSITE) HALL thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 99

Jun 25, 2008

pie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages


Add a Summary

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 12, 2012

In it the Cat brings a cheerful, exotic and exuberant form of chaos to a household of two young kids, brother and sister, one rainy day while their mother leaves them unattended. The Cat performs all sorts of wacky tricks—the Cat at one point balances a teacup, some milk, a cake, three books, the Fish, a rake, a toy boat, a toy man, a red fan, and his umbrella while he's on a ball to the chagrin of the fish—to amuse the children, with mixed results. Then, the Cat gets a box from outside. Inside the box are two creatures named Thing One and Thing Two, who begin to fly kites in the house. The Cat's antics are vainly opposed by the family pet, a sapient and articulate fish. The children (Sally and her unnamed older brother, who serves as the narrator) ultimately prove exemplary latchkey children, capturing the Things with a net and bringing the Cat under control. To make up for the chaos he has caused, he cleans up the house on his way out, disappearing a second before the mother arrives. The mother asks what they did while she was out, but it is not revealed whether or not they tell her - the story ends with the question, 'What would you do if your mother asked you?'

This book is about two little kids who are bored in their house all ... How would you have acted if the cat in the hat came to your house? ...


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top