The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That

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

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 19 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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCrackerjackT July 22, 2019

Educational and Entertaining

I have always been impressed with this show. Like many children’s shows that my daughter has been interested in, I screened it first to make sure that it was u... Continue reading
Adult Written byMr. Best Reviews October 18, 2020

Another show boring for older kids, but young kids will learn a lot

Young kids will learn a lot, but as they grow the show will start to get boring for them.
Teen, 14 years old Written byOMGCatXD March 24, 2013


Please, this ruins Theodore Giesel's art, Magifique turns to.. Um... NO! They don't even follow the concepts. They just make up random things and plac... 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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