Parent reviews for The Cat in the Hat

Common Sense says

The kids' classic that put Dr. Seuss on the map.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 15 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 16 reviews
Adult Written byLebron12James3 March 19, 2020
Parent of a 7 and 9-year-old Written byMrs. C. B. September 22, 2017

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Educational Value
Positive Messages
Positive role models
Parent of a 2, 4, 8, 14, 14, and 17-year-old Written byparentof7 March 2, 2015

while my other kids were sleeping my 4 year old was having nightmares and I read this to her

my kids love it but while the rest were sleeping my 4 year old was having nightmares and woke up my 14 year old daughter and wanted me to read this to her
Adult Written bynekokitten May 12, 2013

It's In The Hat

A mother leaves her two children home alone and a stranger shows up and they start doing crazy things. For some people this will raise alarms, but in reality this isn't as bad as it seems. Children can tell the difference between an imaginary cat and some random stranger that shows up at the front door asking to be let in to play. The point is the funny rhymes as well as the funny things that the cat does an it is meant for good entertainment.

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Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy January 10, 2013

This is what started Dr. Seuss' fanbase.

I LOVED this book as a toddler.This book is what encouraged me to take some time out of my day to read.The Cat In The Hat himself is hilarous as heck.The live-action movie on the other hand,is horrible.
Adult Written byJEDI micah January 10, 2013


I don't really need to make a review on this because everyone knows that this is the best Dr. Seuss book ever made! It is a classic that kids and their parents will never forget! The cat may be a bad role model in the beginning, but at the end, he shows that he has a heart! Clever rhymes, nice pictures, and adorable characters makes this book memorable!

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Adult Written byjillianlovescats October 22, 2010

Children 4 and older will love it!

The Cat in the Hat is very, very Educational!
Parent Written bydct August 31, 2010

5 Hats out of 5 for the Cat

I love reading The Cat in the Hat to my 2 yr old. We have lots of fun reading through it. The first time through he thought it was too long, but now he asks for each each night before bed. I had previously thought he was zoning out during sections of the book, but a few days ago he was playing off by himself and talking to himself and I realized he was reciting part of the text from one of those sections!

Others have expressed concern about the cat and the "things" as role models. You can't explain proper versus improper behavior without examples of the latter to counter with the former. The kids are mostly bystanders, who don't try to stop the cat or the things until pressed at the end. In the end, they take the right action. And, the cat himself, redeems himself to some degree by righting what he has done wrong. The story ends with a question -- that I believe -- is there for you to address when the story is presented and complete: When the mother comes home, should the kids tell her what happened while she was gone?

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Positive role models
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byMr.Awesome September 10, 2009

Awesome Book!!!

This book is a true classic! It was totally awesome and mind blowing! To simplify it down, it’s about a cat who wears a hat, who trashes the house. He brings out these 2 boxes labeled Thing 1 and Thing 2. In the boxes are these crazy little people who trash the house even more, throwing stuff around like a game! But the cat in the hat cleans it up with a crazy awesome machine! He left as if nobody was ever there! And there’s a talking goldfish who says what’s right and wrong! That’s the main thing that goes down in the book. I would recommend that you! read this amazing book. It is a true inspiration to have! If you ever have a bad day or something, you can open up Cat In The Hat and gets many laughs. This book opened my eyes to books, and makes me want to read another by Dr. Suess. I recommend this book for all ages, not just to 4 years old, to ages 1-100!!!

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Adult Written byushers1gurl2003 April 9, 2008
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byeswanson April 9, 2008

I really don't like this book!

I know I'm going against decades of conventional wisdom but I won't read this book to my son. The Cat goes against every behavior I'm trying to teach him. The kids in the story are trying to do the right thing but the Cat just won't let them. I know it works out ok in the end but I see no reason to add this book to our library.
Parent of a 1 and 3-year-old Written byjournalistguy April 9, 2008
Adult Written bySpiff April 9, 2008
Wonderful classic for all ages...the cat is very naughty, but at least the kids and the fish are trying to do the right thing...
Adult Written by8448 April 9, 2008
Parent of a 12-year-old Written byTsion April 9, 2008


Absolutley nothing to worry about! It's a classic!