The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (pseud. Theodor Seuss Geisel Springfield, Massa- chusetts 1904-1991), Random House, Boston: 1957, ink on paper, 9-1/4 x 6-3/4 inches.
Using amusing drawings and easy-to-read rhymes, Dr. Seuss’s book, The Cat in the Hat, has captivated children for generations. The storyline centers around two bored children who are entertained by a talking and juggling cat who makes messes all over the house that had to be cleaned up before their mother came home. Using only 223 different words, the book appeals to young children just learning to read. Popular for its silly premise and funny images, The Cat in the Hat changed the way children were taught to read, replacing the more staid Dick and Jane primer books. Building on the success of the Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss started Beginner Books, a publishing company which debuted many children’s classics such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax. According to the New York Times Book Review, Dr. Seuss is the best-selling children’s author of all times.