By November 1958, The Cat in the Hat had sold more than 300,000 copies. Its success prompted Seuss, his wife Helen Geisel, and Phyllis Cerf to found a new type of reader called Beginner Books. It was time for a sequel. When Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, The New York Times said, “the new antics of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back are just as funny and unexpected as in the original story, The Cat in the Hat.” The book, the Times said, had the same “hypnotic rhythms” as the original.
Tie-in Activity: Hat bowling? It’s easy. Paint three (or more) toilet-paper tubes red and let dry. Then add two white stripes to copy the Cat’s hat. Set the tubes (“pins”) upright to form a small triangle, and let your baby roll a ball to knock them down. For an older child, write letters of the alphabet on sticky notes and place under the “pins.” If the child knocks a pin down, she gets that letter. Replace it with a new letter and set up the pins. See if she can get all 26 letters to “win.”