Dr. Seuss’s birthday marks another celebration of the famed authors beloved creations. The Grinch, Horton, the Whos, the Lomax and many more bizarre characters, with their own special way of speaking, are landmarks in the Dr. Seuss world. But the character that may be best associated with Dr. Seuss is The Cat in the Hat. On Dr. Seuss’s birthday, The Cat in the Hat is right in the center of things, as his tales are still being read over 50 years later.
The Cat in the Hat was written by Seuss after he was already established as a children’s author. Seuss had already created Horton, and he created The Grinch a year earlier in 1956. But in 1957, The Cat in the Hat was the final straw that made Seuss a legend.
Unlike most every other cat, The Cat in the Hat is attracted to water. Or at least, rainy days. That is when he comes to bored children’s houses and offers to play, although his methods are not always clean. In fact, massive cleanup is needed by the end, but fortunately the cat’s hat has both fun and tidy things in it.
The Cat in the Hat, his two favorite things, his two enthralled young friends, and a persnickety fish were first brought to life by Dr. Seuss in 1957. Since then, the Cat in the Hat has become the symbol of the Dr. Seuss universe.
Dr. Seuss’s famed rhyming scheme, his crazy made up words, and his relatively brief story telling method, are on full display in The Cat in the Hat. Seuss’s sneaky little life lessons are also persistent, most notably in how exactly to have fun.
On Dr. Seuss’s birthday, The Cat in the Hat will be one of the primary books read by Seuss fans, young and old. This is also a time for people to dress up in the Cat’s famed clothes, and even have parades for the Cat.
The Dr. Seuss universe reached its highest points with The Cat in the Hat. However, through no fault of Dr. Seuss, The Cat in the Hat also represents the low point of anything that has ties to the Seuss brand, albeit very flimsy ties. That is entirely due to Mike Myers, whose 2003 film version turned The Cat in the Hat into a leering, creepy, bad joke making quasi-psychopath.
Not one shred of that Cat will be anywhere near the celebration of the real Cat in the Hat today, the way Dr. Seuss intended it.
The Star-Ledger- “Dr. Seuss birthday: Children’s book author would have been 105” www.nj.com/entertainment/arts/index.ssf/2009/03/dr_seuss_birthday_childrens_bo.html
Star Beacon- “Cat in the Hat kicks off reading celebration” www.starbeacon.com/local/local_story_060234157.html
SC Now- “Latta childhood center invites people to Cat in the Hat parade” www.scnow.com/scp/news/local/pee_dee/article/latta_childhood_center_invites_people_to_cat_in_the_hat_parade/36064/