Parents' Guide to

The Cat in the Hat

By Robyn Raymer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

The kids' classic that put Dr. Seuss on the map.

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This is a must-read classic for every child. In response to a pivotal Life magazine article titled "Why Johnny Can't Read," children's author Theodor S. Geisel -- aka Dr. Seuss -- spent over a year shuffling a minimal assortment of words, polishing and polishing, until he produced this wacky, offbeat story for very young readers.

The Cat traipses into the house, juggles possessions, and invites his odd pals to help him trash the place. But the children's grumpy goldfish, a self-appointed babysitter/morality czar, is a perfect foil for the mischievous Cat. And after the boy finally asserts himself and orders the fun-loving feline to "pack up those Things" and hit the road, the Cat is the picture of remorse -- even his whiskers and bow tie droop. The Cat in the Hat is a wonderful read-aloud and a rollicking good time for kids and grown-ups alike.

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