Fuse 8 n’ Kate: The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
It’s the 100th episode! Woohoo! After all this time it’s finally come. The challenge of this episode of the podcast was to come up with a book for #100 that is widely known but that we hadn’t done already. And this book was waiting in the wings all along. Why? Because thanks to a great deal of scholarship out there on the topic, the “Cat” is no longer the simple beloved character he once was considered to be. This isn’t an easy book to do, but we managed it somehow.
- Speaking of Cat in the Hat movies, let us not forget that some brave soul out there combined the trailer for IT with the Mike Myers version of The Cat in the Hat.
- Here is Kate’s tattoo for this week’s book. A little fellow I like to call The Saddest Bird in the World.
- Ah. The grand pantheon of cat-related home invasions. The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Pierre. This.
- New idea: The fish is Pinocchio’s cricket in fishy form.
- “I would totally have that Cat help me move. He would BREAK everything, but he could carry it all by himself.”
- Kate suggested it might exist and, alas, I had to see if Sexy Thing One and Thing Two. Suffice to say, they do. But I’m not embedding any of that stuff on this site. You can go look it up yourself. *shudder*
- This is the moment when the boy can take no more. When Sally gets clotheslined by the kite. Did anyone out there understand what I meant when I likened this to those old library security features you used to have to push through that would stop if they detected a library book in your bag that you hadn’t checked out?
- Does the Cat have mittens or gloves? Compare and contrast:
- Sad or peeved? How would you describe this expression?
- I am not the only woman in the universe who thinks Mom has killer shoes.
- So what does the mom of this book think of all of this? All is explained in a New York Times piece called The Mom From ‘The Cat in the Hat’ Finally Speaks.
- The Annotated Cat in the Hat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats by Phil Nel:
- The other book we use quite a bit in this podcast is Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature and the Need for Diverse Books, also by Phil Nel.
- As mentioned on the show, well worth reading is Jerry Griswold’s piece on Medium called James Marshall, We Love You.
- Also look for the piece The Tiger Who Came to Tea Earns Stripes With an All-Star Cast.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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