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The Cat in the Hat

Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
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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.

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B is for Bookworm
Human Development Degree, Book-loving aunt
Readerly Mom
Bay Area mother of two, world traveler, book lover, picky reader

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.

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Who Wrote The Cat in the Hat

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  • 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{:target=”_blank”}.

    “The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!”{:target=”_blank”}” 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!

  • 1957 Association for Childhood Education International Books for Children Bibliography
  • 1957 Horn Book Children’s Classics
  • 2012 50 Best Books for Kids
What gets caught on the string of a kite?
  1. A hair brush
  2. Their mother's new gown
  3. The Cat's hat
  4. A painting from the wall
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Book Details

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Publication Date:
March 28, 1960