The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
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|January 1, 1958|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and paperback)|
This section reads more like a story than an encyclopedia entry.March 2019)(
Once again, Sally and her brother, Conrad are being left home alone for the day, but this time, their mother has left them with instructions to clear away a large amount of snow while she is out for the day. However, they are soon interrupted in their work by the arrival of the Cat in the Hat. Sally warns her brother not to talk to the Cat, because he plays lots of bad tricks. She tells him not to let him come near. She tells her brother, "You know what he did the last time he was here?".
But the Cat lets himself into their house to get out of the snow, and the brother follows him in, but when he reaches the bathroom, he finds the Cat eating a cake in the tub with the hot and cold water on. The brother tells the Cat that it is a bad thing to do. The Cat, however taunts the brother. He says, "But I love to eat cake in the tub. You should try it sometime". Then the brother gets mad, and (after he tells the Cat there is work to be done), turns off the water, and drains the tub only to find that a long pink ring (which is possibly pink ink) has formed around the sides of the bath tub. The Cat offers to help, but his preliminary attempts to remove the pink spot end in disaster as he only transfers the mess to a succession of one object after another, including their mother's white dress, the wall, their father's pair of $10 shoes, a rug, and their mother and father's bed (in their mother and father's room). Unsure of how to remove the stain from the bed, the Cat calls on the help of Little Cat A, who lives inside his hat, who lifts his hat to reveal Little Cat B, and then Little Cat C. The three Little Cats go to work, sending the stain to the television, then a pan, and finally outside.
Seeing the spot cover the snow, Little Cat C lifts his hat to reveal Little Cats D through G. The seven Little Cats wage war on the snow spots, shooting at pink snowballs with pop guns. This spreads the spots even more, so Little Cat G lifts his hat to reveal Little Cats H through V. But the harder the cats work, the more the spot keeps spreading, until all the snow is pink, so Little Cat V takes off his hat to uncover Little Cats W, X, Y and the microscopic Little Cat Z. Z takes his hat off and unleashes a "Voom", which cleans up the spot, clears all the snow from the paths. Conrad says that no one should ask him what "Voom" is, because he is never going to know. But he does say, "But it does clean up snow". Finally, he puts all of the Little Cats back into the Cat's hat. The Cat leaves, with the promise that he and the Little Cats, from A through Z, will return someday.
The book ends in a burst of flamboyant versification, with the full list of little cats arranged into a metrically perfect rhymed quatrain, designed to teach the reader the alphabet.
After the 2003 film adaption of the original story, it was planned to make a sequel based on The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. However, due to the film’s poor reception, Theodore Geisel's widow, Audrey Geisel, decided to not allow any future live-action adaptions of her husband's works and the plans for the sequel were cancelled.
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