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The Cat in the Hat Songbook Hardcover – August 12, 1967


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How long can you stare at another kid from three inches away and not laugh? In "The No Laugh Race," 1 of 19 songs in "The Cat in the Hat Songbook," you get to find out--and the kid who laughs last is the winner. Each song has full piano score by Eugene Poddany, and many have simple guitar chords, too. Whether waltzy, marchish, andante doloroso, or "Ad lib rubato tempo to simulate sneeze," these songs are bound to get the whole family caterwauling--which, as the first song affirms, is "good for tongues, and necks and knees, of people, bees, and chimpanzees." Some of the lyrics are even a teensy bit educational, amid the usual madness: "I Can Figure Figures" includes such unusual sums as "One plus one minus one is none. None plus none minus none is none." It all adds up to a lot of musical fun. --Richard Farr

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THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; Reissue edition (August 12, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394816951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394816951
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #734,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A person's a person, no matter how small," Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, would say. "Children want the same things we want. To laugh, to be challenged, to be entertained and delighted."

Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped millions of kids learn to read.

Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1925, he went to Oxford University, intending to acquire a doctorate in literature. At Oxford, Geisel met Helen Palmer, whom he wed in 1927. Upon his return to America later that year, Geisel published cartoons and humorous articles for Judge, the leading humor magazine in America at that time. His cartoons also appeared in major magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, and Liberty. Geisel gained national exposure when he won an advertising contract for an insecticide called Flit. He coined the phrase, "Quick, Henry, the Flit!" which became a popular expression.

Geisel published his first children's book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, in 1937, after 27 publishers rejected it.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984, an Academy Award, three Emmy Awards, three Grammy Awards, and three Caldecott Honors, Geisel wrote and illustrated 44 books. While Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
Format: Hardcover
ME TOO! I'm 33, and that's EXACTLY how I learned pints, quarts, and gallons! And there is no better silly song for camp dinner than Super Supper March. Two Legs, Four Legs is a perfect thing to sing to baby while changing a diaper... and my kids always crack up when we sing the No-Laugh Race! And for the 6 year old who's just lost a tooth, try In My Bureau Drawer. I wish I could get my hands on the record, put out in '67 by RCA! (PLEASE SOMEBODY, persuade them to re-publish it! It would be a real hit!) This is a real gem! The songs have the most interesting harmonies, so appropriate to all the crazy words Seuss is famous for. I showed my copy to my son's music teacher, and she fell in love with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Yes, I still know all the words to "My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears" even though I'm 34! For years brother remembered how many pints were in a quart, how many quarts were in a gallon, by singing "I'm So Sad I Could Cry a Pint." This was my favorite childhood book (and record) and I'm thrilled to see it's still in print. I highly recommend it for children...and someday I'd like to see an alternative rock tribute album to the amazing songs here!
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By VeeBee on July 13, 2009
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I read a couple of songs from "The Cat in the Hat" about 20 years ago. Since then, I`ve been looking for the book. Got it, at long last! And I find the songs as fun as they seemed to be back then. What would make me totally happy would be a CD, but I have not found one to buy, alas... the link provided by an Amazon client shows "Not In Store". Well, one cannot have everything, I suppose... But I sincerely recommend the book to All Good Friends!
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By Mocdeg on April 10, 2013
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I know this music since the 60's and 70's when I was bringing up my children. The book gives the lyrics to all the songs plus the sheet music if you want to play it on piano or guitar. The kids loved it then and now the grandchildren will have a chance to love it too. The music is also available from Amazon on CD (very expensive) or on cassette(cheap).
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By L. Kuehnle on March 17, 2013
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What a treasure this books is! The songs are fun and easy enough for my kindergarten class to learn quickly. Most songs will be familiar to anyone that has seen a Seuss cartoon and that would be half of the known universe.
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