The Cat in the Hat, by Theodor Geisel (Dr Seuss), was first published in 1957. It is a story about a tall human like cat who dresses in a red & white striped hat with a red bow tie.
With his companions, "Thing One & Thing Two" they try to entertain some neighbors and wind up wrecking the house. Finally the Cat uses a special tool to clean everything up. He then says his goodbyes and disappears just before the children's mother walks in.
The book offers lessons that need to be learned. For example The Cat in the Hat is about stranger danger. Although it may seem fun to let a big cat into your house, maybe think twice. That's just common sense for all ages.
This is the book that made Dr Suess famous. It kicked off an emphasis on beginning readers books. The focus on imagination for the characters and the ease of reading resulted in these books being read over and over again. Ok, the truth is they are often read every night. Many kids learned to read from them.
Characters: The Cat in the Hat,Thing One,Thing Two, Sally, Sally's brother, Fish & Mother