The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Funny feline makes natural science fun for kids.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 16 reviews

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Educational value

The series answers questions about natural science in a kid-friendly way. Kids learn about the seasons, animal behavior, habitats, and more.

Positive messages

The show encourages kids' curiosity about the natural world, showing them the wonder of exploration and discovery.

Positive role models & representations

All of the characters are inquisitive and enthusiastic about learning. The Cat is known for being mischievous, but he's much more about teaching here.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That is an animated series based on The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library book series. It introduces preschoolers to basic scientific concepts and exploration of the natural world. Kids will follow the discovery process from a question through gathering clues and finally to a conclusion, and the topics will inspire their own curiosity about what they observe in the world around them.

User Reviews

Parent of a 4 year old Written byHildsa January 1, 2011
My 4 year old don't miss this show. Cat in the Hat book is his favorite, i can read if for ever and he wants again and again. He loves the show. It is a li... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 year old Written byLindsay R. November 10, 2016

"Your mother will not mind at all if you do"

That line is creepy, right? The show is fine, my baby son loves the crazy, peppy songs, and sometimes I even learn something about biology. My issue is the conc... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byGregoryMccormick123 June 24, 2014

Awful stuff.

Dr. Seuss is rolling in his grave. This is just like Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, only worse. Pukish animation, crappy acting, and annoying characters. Please run fa... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2011

Don't watch this show!

this show is not educational, because the cat uses words that aren't real words, it has bad grammar, and kids might start to use this weird words. It is a... Continue reading

What's the story?

Dr. Seuss’s famous feline sets aside his mischievous ways to teach kids about science, nature, and the thrill of exploring the world around them when he returns to the screen in THE CAT IN THE HAT KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THAT. In each story, Cat (voiced by Martin Short) and his friends Nick (Jacob Ewaniuk) and Sally (Alexa Torrington) identify a science-related question and start following clues to find an answer. Of course their travels aren’t without unexpected twists and turns, especially when Thing 1 and Thing 2 tag along for the ride.

Is it any good?

Science class has never been as much fun for kids as it is with the Cat in the Hat leading the charge -- he makes it a joy to learn. With his guidance, kids are introduced to concepts like migration, animal classification, and nocturnal behavior, and the characters approach the discovery process with enthusiasm as they piece together clues that will lead them to the answers to their questions.

The great news is that kids will be so absorbed by the Cat’s antics and gadgets in The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That -- including a shrinkamadoodle and bigamabooble that let the characters change size at will to better explore even the smallest nook and cranny -- that they won’t even mind that they're watching "educational" TV.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the natural world. Kids: What aspects of nature interest you the most? What do you like to learn about animals? What did you learn from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That?

  • Kids: What questions about science do you have? How would you go about investigating them? What would you expect to learn?

  • What are your favorite things to learn about? What books, games, and other resources do you like to learn from? How do TV shows like this one help you learn?

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