The Definitive Guide to

The Cat in the Hat

Written & illustrated by Dr. Seuss
4.25 / 7.0
- Bookroo Rating
Goodreads Rating - 4.2 / 5.0
Add to list
Prices as of Mar 3
Retail Price
used $1.26
Mar 28, 1960
Publication Date
Target Age

What's This Book About

Publisher Summary

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.

What Kind of Book is The Cat in the Hat

Video Gallery

Trusted Reviews & Ratings

B is for Bookworm
Book-loving mommy-to-be! Recently enjoyed The Hobbit, Becoming, and The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel.
4.75 / 7.0
Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader
3.75 / 7.0

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.

Book Lists That Include The Cat in the Hat

Book Topics › Dr. Seuss
Children's Books About Dr. Seuss
Book Topics › preschool
Children's Books About Preschool
Kids Book Club
Monthly. Curated. Delivered.
Get Started
As low as $16.95 / mo

Who Wrote The Cat in the Hat

author & illustrator
Dr. Seuss

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.

View Author

What Has Dr. Seuss Said About This Book

Nothing yet! 🤷 You should let Dr. Seuss know that you want more details about The Cat in the Hat!

Trivia to Know About This Book

  • 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.

    “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!”“ was the televised version of the book, which can still be viewed at

Did This Book Win Any Awards

You bet it did. Check them out below!

What was the weather like when the Cat in the Hat visited?
  1. Sunny & hot
  2. Rainy & cold
  3. Snowy & wet
  4. Windy & bright
Take the Full Quiz!

Discover All the Books in the I Can Read It All By Myself Beginner Books Series

The Series

View All
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list
Picture book
Add to list

More Books by Dr. Seuss

Books You Might Enjoy If You Liked The Cat in the Hat

Book Details

Publication Date:
March 28, 1960
Library of Congress Number (LCCN):
WorldCat Number (OCLC):
Lexile® Level:
Scholastic Level:
ATOS® Book Level:
Accelerated Reader® Points:
Accelerated Reader Quiz:
Accelerated Reader Interest Level:

Contribute to this page

Core Score - 81%
This page is starting to look fantastic!
Depth Score - 43%
Just the barebones.
Improve this page
Are you the author or illustrator? Claim this page.