Poor Dick and Sally. 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’ were leading to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat (the first Random House Beginner Book) changed the way our children learn how to read.
I don’t know, I think it’s weird. The cat always creeped me out and brought to the surface all of my anxiety about babysitters. I know it’s Dr. Seuss, I know it’s a classic, I just don’t think it’s a fun book. Somebody change my mind.
THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL–aka Dr. Seuss–is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From <i>The Cat in the Hat </i>to <i>Oh, the Places You’ll Go!</i>, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The 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 <i>McElligot’s Pool</i>, <i>If I Ran the Zoo</i>, and <i>Bartholomew and the Oobleck</i>, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.
Why was The Cat in the Hat written?
Life Magazine had recently published an article, “Why Do Students Bog Down on First R? A Local Committee Sheds Light on a National Problem: Reading,” that criticized reading primers, saying they were too boring. After that article, William Ellsworth Spaulding (the director of education at Houghton Mifflin) challenged Theodore Geisel to write a better one. He finished The Cat in the Hat 9 months later.
How many copies of The Cat in the Hat have been sold?
As of 2017, over 16 million copies have been sold. Around 500,000 copies are sold every year.
How’s the movie adaptation?
Rated PG, run time of 1h 22min, with a rating of 3.9/10 on IMDb (where you can also find a trailer and cast information). There’s also a plan for a second movie.
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