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date: 13 July 2024

Cat in the Hat, The (1957) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

By Dr *Seuss, one of the best loved of all American children’s books. Written in lively rhyming verse—its uncommon read-aloud-ability certainly adding to its great popular success—it tells the story of two children, left alone while mother is out, being visited by the eponymous Cat, who walks on his hind legs and wears a red bow tie and a red-and-white striped hat. This Cat wants to have fun (against the advice of the sensible family goldfish), but this fun involves unleashing utter chaos on the home—things are only just tidied up in time for mother’s return. In order to meet a challenge from publisher William Spaulding to produce a reading primer ‘that first-graders can’t put down’, ... ...

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