The Annotated Cat: Under the Hats of Seuss and His Cats

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Random House, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 189 pages
How did Dr. Seuss come to writeThe Cat in the Hat?

How long did it take him to writeThe Cat in the HatandThe Cat in the Hat
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Were these books instantly successful, or did their popularity build?

The answers to these questions and more can be found in this fascinating illustrated study of two books that changed the way our children learn how to read.

According to Professor Nel,The Cat in the Hatand its sequel operate on many levels. The books teach reading, but they also teach about poetry, politics, ethics, comics, history, and even conartistry! Complete with the text of both books, photographs, draft material, and essays by Seuss,The Annotated Catis like a DVD with all the extras. Cat lovers everywhere can gain a deeper understanding of two of the most popular children's books ever written, and the remarkable man behind them.

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About the author (2007)

Philip Nel is associate professor of English at Kansas State University. He is the author of Dr. Seuss: American Icon (2004), The Avant-Garde and American Postmodernity: Small Incisive Shocks (2002), and J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter Novels: A ReaderŐs Guide (2001). At present, he is writing a biography of Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss and, with Julia Mickenberg, co-editing a collection of radical childrenŐs literature. He lives in Kansas.

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