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The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner…

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back (Beginner Books(R)) (1958)

by Dr. Seuss

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Summary: Sally and her brother are shoveling snow when the Cat in the Hat returns to cause all kinds of trouble for the two children. He starts by making a mess in the tub, which he cleans up using all sorts of unconventional means, so that the pink spot travels from object to object. Finally, the pink is transferred to the snow, and using the help of all of the Alphabet Cats inside of his hat and something called "Voom!" the Cat cleans up the spot, and finishes shoveling the snow for the children.

Review: This is a very fun book. The story is very original (after all, who else but Dr. Seuss could have thought of having 26 more cats in the hat?) and amusing. The illustrations are charmingly simple, and they complement the language of the story well. The language of this story is less inventive than some of Dr. Seuss's other books; the only made-up word in the entire book is "Voom!" All in all, a sequel that is better than most sequels are.

Central Idea of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back: Cats in Hats make for a very exciting and strange day. ( )
  jlampr1 | Oct 14, 2014 |
Not nearly as delightful as the first Cat in the Hat. Although it is sort of funny how the pink gets smaller and read harder to clean up the more they try to work with it. ( )
  lquilter | Sep 22, 2014 |
The Cat In The Hat Comes Back is a good book for children that are just learning to read. The reader is introduced to words that rhyme and letters of the alphabet. The focus is clearly on children since the entire short story takes place while two young children are left at home while their mother goes to the town. The illustrations in The Cat In The Hat Comes Back are wonderful. The action begins when one boy and one girl, are shoveling snow while their mother runs errands. Naturally, The Cat In The Hat returns to do more mischief and, quite conveniently, set up a story that teaches children the alphabet and rhyming words. After the cat makes a mess in the bathtub we are introduced to all his little helpers who are named from A to Z--great alphabet lesson! The story is made funny because the pink mess in the tub goes to their mother's dress, the wall and eventually all the snow outside! Children like the humor of this. I recommend The Cat In The Hat Comes Back it is a good tool to help very young children learn to read. ( )
  melthompson | Apr 21, 2014 |
I liked this book a lot because it had several engaging components. First, the plot was relatable to readers because it started out with two children outside together. If students read “The Cat in the Hat”, they would also enjoy this book because they would already have knowledge about the plot and characters and be more likely to read it. However, readers would still enjoy the book because young children love animals, so to create a talking cat as the main character would instantly draw readers in. Second, the illustrations are full of action, color, and animation. They supplement the story line and allow readers to fully experience a crazy story about a cat messing up their entire house. Next, the writing is very simple, yet catchy due to the rhyming. For example, one page reads,” Then that cat went right in! He was up to no good! So I rain in after as fast as I could!” Students are able to use not only context clues, but rhyme to figure out some of the words which would encourage them to be fluent readers. Finally, this book subtly includes a lesson about the alphabet. The Cat in the Hat pulls out his little helpers, little Cats A-Z, to help clean up the mess he made. This supplements what students are learning about letters in the alphabet and adds a different dimension to the details of the story. The central message of this story is that teamwork is important when accomplishing things. ( )
  Sulick1 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Sally and her brother are shoveling snow, when who should appear on the scene but that rascally Cat in the Hat. The kids know better this time, though; they warn the Cat away, because they are too busy to play. The Cat strolls into their house anyway. He decides to eat pink cake while taking a bath with the faucet and shower running. Sally's brother runs in and discovers that the Cat has left an ugly pink ring in the tub. Of course, the Cat in the Hat always has an answer. He'll just clean the tub with their mother's white dress. Then he has to clean the dress with their father's white shoes, and the shoes with the white rug, and the madness continues until the snow is completely stained pink. What will the Cat in the Hat do about that?

The Cat still has a few tricks up his sleeve, or his hat, as the case may be. With the help of little cats A through Z, he cleans away all the pink and wanders away, exhorting the kids to call on him if they ever need help with pink spots. The story is comical, and told with Seuss's flair for rhyme and zaniness. Everything works out in the end, thanks to (and no thanks to) the pesky Cat in the Hat. I like this story, although I think the first Cat in the Hat book is better, and I have a problem with the fact that the little cats use guns to shoot the pink snowballs. At least they are only cap guns, but I still don't like that message. My girls enjoy both books equally, and I know that the linguistic gymnastics and silly story line are the main draw. Seuss was a master, and his books always please. ( )
  nmhale | Aug 31, 2013 |
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Barańczak, StanisławTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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That behatted and bow-tied cat from Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is back, and, not surprisingly, is up to all sorts of mischief. This time, Sally and her brother are stuck shoveling snow: "This was no time for play./ This was no time for fun./ This was no time for games./ There was work to be done." But--you guessed it--the laughing Hat Cat has other ideas, as he lets himself in to eat cake in their tub. He leaves behind "a big long pink cat ring," which he then handily cleans with "MOTHER'S WHITE DRESS!" The dress then loses its pink stain to the wall, then Dad's shoes, then the rug in the hall, until finally the Cat must call in some assistance: from inside his hat comes Little Cat A, then Littler Cats B, C, D, E, and so on, nested like dolls in ever tinier hats. With this pack of felines, Sally and her brother may get rid of those stains, but they'll likely never be rid of that rascally cat. As should be expected from the good doctor, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back provides an excellent reader (and alphabet primer) for those just learning, not to mention ample laughs for everyone else. (Ages 4 to 8) --Paul Hughes

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The Cat in the Hat and his alphabetical children cause a lot of mischief until little cat Z cleans up the mess.

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