The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957. The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat, who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie. The Cat shows up at the house of Sally and her brother one rainy day when their mother is away. Despite the repeated objections of the children's fish, the Cat shows the children a few of his tricks in an attempt to entertain them. In the process he and his companions, Thing One and Thing Two, wreck the house. The children and the fish become more and more alarmed until the Cat produces a machine that he uses to clean everything up and disappears just before the children's mother comes home. Geisel created the book in response to a debate in the United States about literacy in early childhood and the ineffectiveness of traditional primers such as those featuring Dick and Jane. Geisel was asked to write a more entertaining primer by William Spaulding, whom he had met during World War II and who was then director of the education division at Houghton Mifflin. However, because Geisel was already under contract with Random House, the two publishers agreed to a deal: Houghton Mifflin published the education edition, which was sold to schools, and Random House published the trade edition, which was sold in bookstores. Geisel gave varying accounts of how he created The Cat in the Hat, but in the version he told most often he was so frustrated with the word list from which he could choose words to write his story that he decided to scan the list and create a story based on the first two rhyming words he found. The words he found were cat and hat. The book was met with immediate critical and commercial success. Reviewers praised it as an exciting alternative to traditional primers. Three years after its debut, the book had already sold over a million copies, and in 2001 Publishers Weekly listed the book at number nine on its list of best-selling children's books of all time. The book's success led to the creation of Beginner Books, a publishing house centered on producing similar books for young children learning to read. In 1983, Geisel said, "It is the book I'm proudest of because it had something to do with the death of the Dick and Jane primers." The book was adapted into a 1971 animated television special and a 2003 live-action film.

The 1586th greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Cat's Quizzer (Dr.Seuss Classic Collection) Paperback 12082556 $2.60 1990
The Cat's Quizzer (Dr. Seuss - Green Back Book) Paperback 13516435 $19.99
The Cat's Quizzer Hardcover 14439600 $11.25 $11.98 2000
Di Kats Der Payats: The Cat In The Hat (Yiddish Edition) Hardcover 1374508 $65.00 $47.57 2003
The Cat In The Hat (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Pb)) School & Library Binding 3417607 $20.85 $4.23 1957
Le Chat chapeauté [ The Cat in the Hat ] (Hors collection jeunesse) (French Edition) Paperback 1347539 $21.74 $24.92 2016
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner Books) Hardcover 3360404 $9.99 $0.99 1958
The Cat's Quizzer: Are You Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat? (Beginner Books(R)) Kindle Edition 1208634 2013
The Cat's Quizzer (Dr. Seuss - Green Back Book) Paperback 2254413 $5.85
The Cat's Quizzer Hardcover 6442176 $50.00 $9.62
The Cat in the Hat Cloth Book (Bright & Early Cloth Book) Rag Book 687843 $19.96 $19.96 2015
Il gatto e il cappello matto [ The Cat in the Hat Italian edition ] Paperback 303367 $9.88 $13.35 2008
Il gatto e il cappello matto by Dr. Seuss (The Cat In The Hat Italian version) (2012) Paperback Paperback 5061121 $31.73 $27.29
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites Audible Audiobook 2053 $11.95 2006
The Cat in the Hat's Great Big Flap Book by Seuss, Dr. (2014) Board book Hardcover 2785472 $12.59 $5.32
The Cat in the Hat CD-ROM 4307782 $84.95 $14.95 1997
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Paperback 2915020 $5.55 $2.99
Cattus Petasatus: The Cat in the Hat in Latin (Latin Edition) Hardcover 964624 $57.00 $52.44 2000
The Cat in the Hat's Great Big Flap Book Hardcover 2140904 $8.99 $2.21
Il Gatto e il Cappello Matto (The Cat in the Hat - Italian Edition) Paperback 4306469 $19.48
The Cat in the Hat Hardcover 1782 $3.77 $0.25 1957
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Hardcover 11360 $3.77 $0.10 1958
The Cat in the Hat in English and French (Le Chat Au Chapeau) Hardcover 17007 $7.05 $3.15 1967
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites Audio CD 79223 $11.84 $6.32 2003
The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library Paperback 14623 $49.50 $45.24 2017
The Cat in the Hat/El Gato Ensombrerado (The Cat in the Hat Spanish Edition): Bilingual Edition (Classic Seuss) Hardcover 11138 $11.17 $4.90 2015
El Gato ensombrerado ha regresado (The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Spanish Edition) (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover 208267 $7.04 $7.53 2019
The Cat in the Hat (Beginner Books(R)) Kindle Edition 35905 2013
CAT IN THE HAT BOOK Paperback 314185 $7.64 $1.89 2005
The Cat in the Hat Picture Book Size Hardcover 450586 $33.77 $4.97 2012
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner Books(R)) Kindle Edition 198632 2013
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Hardcover 1592941 $7.09 $2.98
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Dr. Seuss) Paperback 2312833 $10.42 $3.98 2011
The Cat in the Hat in English and French (Le Chat Au Chapeau) by Dr. Seuss (2009-01-27) Hardcover 7994058 $6.99 $6.02
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites Audio CD 6247716 $60.00 $10.20
Cat in the Hat (Hebrew) Chatul Taalul Hardcover January 1, 1996 Hardcover 8826925 $31.97 $31.97
Cat in the Hat (Hebrew) Chatul Taalul Hardcover 509195 $20.30 $18.00 1996
Oh Say Can You Say Di-No-Saur? (The Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) Paperback 534667 $7.75 $1.99 2001
Who's Who in the Dr. Seuss Crew Boxed Set: The Cat in the Hat; How the Grinch Stole Christmas!; Yertle the Turtle and other Stories; Horton Hears a Who!; The Lorax (Classic Seuss) Hardcover 561876 $51.04 $52.21 2013
Cat in the Hat (Hebrew Edition) Hardcover 921191 $24.92 $26.00 1957
The Cat in the Hat (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Pb)) Library Binding 2609791 $13.71 $1.95 1957
The Cat in the Hat. by Dr. Seuss Paperback 1523614 $6.95 $2.99 2009
The Cat's Quizzer: Are You Smarter Than the Cat in the Hat? (Beginner Books(R)) Hardcover 80627 $4.90 $0.90 1976
The Cat in the Hat Songbook Hardcover 234887 $11.04 $2.30 1967
The Cat in the Hat: Green Back Book (Dr Seuss - Green Back Book) Paperback 13615760 $24.21 $0.39 2004
THE CAT'S QUIZZER Hardcover 10915133 $15.00 $1.95 1976
The Cat in the Hat's Great Big Flap Book Board book 144548 $7.85 $1.09 1999
The Cat In The Hat Comes Back! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Pb)) School & Library Binding 4984572 $18.40 $4.38 1958
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Classic Seuss) Hardcover 2664039 $20.00 $2.39 2012