Geared toward younger viewers, this Beginner Book Video is a static, nonmusical version of the classic Dr. Seuss tale The Cat in the Hat (1957). It should not be confused with the 1972 TV special. While actors voice origin... more »al narration and dialogue, original illustrations are brought to life via cutouts, with the result that there is some activity, but characters' lips don't move when they speak. School-aged children and adults may find the effect off-putting. (On the plus side, the Cat in the Hat is voiced by Allan Sherman.) The second story, Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet! (1980), was written by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) under the pseudonym Theo. LeSieg, and is animated in the same fashion. Dr. Seuss did not illustrate the original story. As in the Beginner Book original, Michael J. Smollin is credited with the artwork. --Kathleen C. Fennessy« less
AGO S. (compac) from CHRISTIANSBRG, VA Reviewed on 3/8/2009...
This is the full read along version, great for kids who like the story or want to learn to read along to the CC, "sub-titles"...
Also another interesting story with it... Maybe You Should Fly a Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet
Jeff V. (burielofmel) from HARRIMAN, TN Reviewed on 9/27/2008...
I ordered this movie
Thinking it was the classic
But when it arrived
I found it was not it
Not the animated classic
I thought at first look
Just voiced over readings
of the pages of the book
I still want the movie
The one from TV
It's now on my wishlist
Someone, please, send it to me
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Opening the Doorway for a Child's Imagination
Professor Donald Mitchell | Thanks for Providing My Reviews over 97,000 Helpfu | 08/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Researchers constantly find that reading to children is valuable in a variety of ways, not least of which are instilling a love of reading and improved reading skills. With better parent-child bonding from reading, your child will also be more emotionally secure and able to relate better to others. Intellectual performance will expand as well. Spending time together watching television fails as a substitute. To help other parents apply this advice, as a parent of four I consulted an expert, our youngest child, and asked her to share with me her favorite books that were read to her as a young child. The Cat in the Hat was one of her picks.I have always thought of this book as a metaphor for the sort of "make believe" thinking that children like to do and are good at. The setting is a cold rainy day, and the children's mother isn't home. I have always transformed that into they are playing in their room while their mother is busy elsewhere in the house. Suddenly, a mysterious cat arrives who can do remarkable jugging (until he drops everything) and brings in a fun box (with two little creatures who fly kites). A parental voice, however, is always present in the form of the children's fish who constantly warns them to get rid of the cat in the hat. Suddenly, the mother is spotted about to reenter the house. The children are panic-stricken. The house is a mess! What to do? They are obviously about to be really in for it. I can feel the adrenaline rushing even now as I remember similar situations with friends as a child.But then, the cat in the hat returns with a miraculous device which cleans everything up! And then he is gone, just as their mother steps in. She asks, "Did you have any fun? Tell me. What did you do?" The two children don't know what to say. They ask you what you would do if your mother asked you. The ending is wonderful because it sets up a wonderful opportunity to talk about the story. Would the child let in the cat in the hat? Would the child ask the cat in the hat to leave and when? Was the fish correct in warning the children? What are the other reasons not to let strangers in? Why should you tell your mother if things go awry, or not? In the course of the discussion, fears that the story probably raises can be dealt with in a constructive way that reduces fear in the future and improves communication in the family. Most children have these kinds of fears, but aren't usually willing to bring them up. So the book gives you the excuse to work on improving their security.This is one of the more difficult Dr. Seuss books for beginning readers, so you'll be reading this one to your child for a while. The appeal to the child is very much in the idea of playing unrestrained in the house. Almost no child is allowed to do that, and the consequences are pretty funny for the child if they are happening to someone else. If you want to see the earliest versions of the cat in the hat character, be sure to see Dr. Seuss Goes to War which documents his work as a political cartoonist in World War II.Then, encourage your child to use the book to come up with her or his own ideas about fun things to do as make-believe on a rainy day. Can they imagine a more fun make-believe visitor than the cat in the hat? What would the visitor do? If you ask these questions, you will extend your child's imagination now and for a lifetime.Enjoy for the rest of your life!"
A word just absurd
FrKurt Messick | Bloomington, IN USA | 06/30/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I could not not review this book I could not let it be forsook for on this day was Geisel born that we should not be so forlorn
What would I do without the cat? Where would I be without the hat? I do not know, I can not say I wouldn't want to see that day
For in this book, so short and sweet is such, for all, a great big treat The cat of mischief, cat of wise Cat with gleaming knowing eyes
And of the hat! What's up with that? Where did those stripes come from? Yes I know
Poor grammar, oh, I'm really not that dum!
I would the world would know the cat I hope the world will wear the hat Can such a book be left alone? Can such a tale be overblown?
I thinkest not, I thought antiquely For this is writing most uniquely And such will never come again To grace the page with such a pen
To give us such unbridled joy To please and, yes, and to annoy But in the end to satisfy With merriment and laughing sigh
For on this day we give our thanks For treasure that is not in banks But on the printed page before us Thank you, oh dear Dr. Seuss!
I wrote this in honour of Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, on the anniversary of his birthday. Using a vocabulary of a mere 223 words, 'The Cat in the Hat' has become a standard children's classic throughout the English-speaking world. I remember as a child delighting at the discovery of rhyming words and what fun they could be, and when coupled with the imaginative drawings and simple yet engaging plot lines, Dr. Seuss became my favourite almost instantly.
The plot of 'The Cat in the Hat' is simple yet meaningful. A cat, a perfect creature for exhibiting independence and mischief, is befriended by children who express delight, astonishment, and occasional disapproval of their be-hatted feline. Children learn behaviour in a humourous and touching way by relating to the children.
However, all of Seussian literature was almost not to be. Geisel had literally dozens of rejections for his early works, from publishers who doubted the appeal or the marketability. Fortunately for us, Geisel continued to pursue both writing and publication, which he continued up to the time of his death in 1991. He still had a book on the bestseller list at that time.
Long Live Dr. Seuss!"
Subversive, disturbing, and brilliant
Michael J. Mazza | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 12/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dr. Seuss was one of those rare creative geniuses who both entertained us and challenged us to open our minds. "The Cat in the Hat" is an indispensable part of the Seuss canon. A bizarre blending of Seuss's trademark illustrations with an eerily Kafkaesque plot, "Cat" will delight both children and adults.The plot is simple: The narrator, a small boy, is left home on a rainy day with his sister Sally. But their boring day is interrupted by the Cat in the Hat, a weirdly anthropomorphic, talking feline who proceeds to turn their house into a chaotic playground. The illustrations--think Salvador Dali meets Beatrix Potter--are marvelous.This book is simple enough for beginning readers, yet full of subtle touches that could keep an army of literary critics and psychologists busy analyzing it for decades. And that is the brilliance of Dr. Seuss. Buy a copy of the book for your favorite child, buy a second for your favorite adult, and keep a third for yourself."
A great, funny story for adults and kids
Ruth Henriquez Lyon | Duluth, Minnesota USA | 10/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I loved this as a kid, and I love it now. Not politically correct like much childrens' literature today--and that's its charm. The children are not naughty, but they certainly get themselves into a pickle with the strange cat who cheerfully enters their home, wreaking havoc while their mother is out for the afternoon. In short, the house gets wrecked, but the cat can clean up as fast as he can mess things up, and by the time mom gets home, everything's back to normal. the last line in the book is best of all: "What would you do if your mother asked you?" No moralizing here--just a simple question. This is children's literature with a capital L....buy it for your kids, buy it for yourself if you're adult."
Miss Green's Class, Room 18, Lee Elementary - Azusa, CA
Cindy Green | Southern California | 09/30/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We like the characters in this book, especially the talking fish. The kids should never have let anyone or anything in their house while their mom was gone. It was fun to hear and to say the rhyming words and it helped us learn to read. You can read this book over and over again and it will still be fun."