This is, perhaps, the best known of all of Dr. Seuss’s picture books. As is very common in his books, everything is written in a beautiful rhyme scheme designed to help children learn to read and it flows through the whole thing rather nicely.
The story starts with a young boy and his sister Sally who are stuck inside and quite bored due to heavy rainfall outside. The illustrations really shine at this part; the atmosphere of being stuck in on a rainy day is really captured perfectly. But things take an unexpected turn when the main character, the Cat in the Hat, suddenly arrives with all kinds of crazy things for the kids to do. Their pet goldfish, however, has other ideas and thinks the Cat in the Hat is quite reckless and I have to say, I agree with the fish.
The book is nice enough, but I can’t say I found myself especially drawn in (as I have done with other picture books.) There’s a moderate amount of suspense when you’re wondering if the two kids will get into trouble because of the silly old Cat, and occasionally things get so bizarre that you can’t help but smile. I also quite enjoyed the very ending. Other than that, there’s not that much to the book, there are other much better picture books out there, and, indeed, even better picture books by Dr. Seuss.