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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

January 2007

Happy 50th Birthday to the Cat in the Hat!
(Doesnít he look great? He just doesnít seem to age at all! :) )

Dr. Seuss (also known as Theodore Geisel) wrote The Cat in the Hat in 1957 because he felt that there should be more entertaining and fun material for beginning readers.

From a literary point of view, the book is a feat of skill, since it simultaneously maintains a strict triple meter, keeps to a tiny vocabulary, and tells an entertaining tale.

Celebrate the Catís big birthday by exploring the works of Dr. Seuss; here are a few favorite books, CD-ROMs, and films to get you started!


The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss

The Cat in the Hat

written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss


Back in 1957, Theodor Geisel responded to an article in Life magazine that lamented the use of boring reading primers in schools. Using the pseudonym "Dr. Seuss" (Seuss was Geisel's middle name) and only two hundred twenty-three words, Geisel created a replacement for those dull primers: The Cat in the Hat. The instant success of the book prompted Geisel and his wife to found Beginner Books, and Geisel went on to write many popular books in this series, including Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, and Green Eggs and Ham.



Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss

Happy Birthday to You!

written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

Describes a birthday celebration in Katroo presided over by the Birthday Bird. This book is the best possible way to say, "Today is your birthday! Today you are you!"




Green Eggs and Ham CD-ROM

Green Eggs and Ham [CD-ROM]

written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss

This CD-ROM version of the time-honored classic features nineteen interactive pages of new scenes, surprises, and activities that build reading skills.

The Cat in the Hat DVD


Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat [DVD]

The movie version of the famous book stars Mike Myers as the Cat, with Dakota Fanning as Sally and Spencer Breslin as Conrad.








The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss: Fun with the Cat


The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss [DVD]

The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, a TV series which originally aired on Nickelodeon in 1996, took famous Dr. Seuss characters and sent them into all sorts of adventures, exploring and teaching things to the viewing audience. The show was nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children's Program, for three years in a row.



Oh the Places He Went! by Maryann N. Weidt


Oh, the Places He Went!: A Story About Dr. Seuss

by Maryann N. Weidt, illustrated by Kerry Maguire


This biography for kids provides highlights of the author and illustrator's journey through a noted career, as well as background information on many of his most significant titles







Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!, by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

by Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by Lane Smith


The students of Diffendoofer School celebrate their unusual teachers and curriculum, including Miss Fribble, who teaches laughing; Miss Bonkers, who teaches frogs to dance; and Mr. Katz, who builds robotic rats. Started by Dr. Seuss, finished by Jack Prelutsky, and illustrated by Lane Smith, this book is a joyous ode to individuality.






The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook, by Georgeanne Brennan

The Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Dr. Seuss!

by Georgeanne Brennan


Ever wonder what green eggs and ham really taste like? They're yummy. And now everyone can whip up a batch for themselves using this fabulous cookbook. Filled with simple, scrumptious, wacky recipes for such foods as Cat in the Hat Pudding and Moose Juice and Schlopp, this unique cookbook will have the whole family hamming it up in the kitchen. Each recipe is accompanied by the original verse that inspired it.


 Check this page monthly for recommendations from our staff! Each month will focus on a different category of books.

We'll pick our favorites, and tell you all about them! Each book cover is a hyperlink to that item in the catalog, so click there to place a hold. 

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