The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Common Sense Media says

As terrific as the prequel.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

The Cat enters the children's home, eats their cake, bathes in their tub without invitation or permission, and has no scruples about using their parents' clothing and household items to clean up his mess.

Violence & scariness
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the Cat and his 26 hyperkinetic sidekicks whip up a carnival of ecstatic misbehavior in this wonderful sequel. Frisky rhyming text matches hilarious cartoons in which characters gallop, careen, and zoom around the pages.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Sally and her brother aren't exactly thrilled when the Cat in the Hat shows up for a second visit. The genial feline creates an appalling mess wherever he goes--and this time he's got 26 little clones in tow to help him wreak havoc. As terrific as the prequel--though readers may miss the schoolmarmish goldfish and the blue-haired Things.

Is it any good?


The Cat in the Hat is always walking (or cross-country skiing) uninvited into people's homes, creating messes that are so far over the top, they're scary – and the havoc he wreaks in this book is no exception. On top of that, the Cat's cohorts are even more out of control than he is! Despite all his quirks, though, readers like the Cat. Realizing his mistakes, he suffers horrible remorse (for about two seconds). His normally perky tail and whiskers droop, his natty bow tie goes limp, and even his hat sags. After concocting a solution, he's instantly his old care-free, conceited self again, completely forgetting that he caused the problem in the first place. He hasn't changed a bit, and that's what readers will love about this sequel.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes the Cat such an appealing character. What do you like about the Cat in the Hat? Do you think the things he does are funny?

Book details

Author:Dr. Seuss
Illustrator:Dr. Seuss
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publication date:September 12, 1958
Number of pages:61
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age


This is a great sequiel {Sorry if I didn't spell sequil right}. It's funny too!
Teen, 16 years old Written byDrCool June 6, 2012

Excellent book!

This book is just as great as the first! The rymes are excellent as well as the characters! Thanks to PBS Kids,I bet Dr Suess is furious over what happened to his character! So,this book,and the first one are great!
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy January 10, 2013

Just as awesome as the first book.

This sequel to a classic book is very imaginative.The Cat in The Hat himself was just as funny as he was in the first book.This book and of course,The Cat in The Hat are the best Dr. Suess books ever,and we all know that.


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