Australian Council on Children and the Media

Cat in the Hat

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What’s it about?

Sally and Conrad’s mother is called into work so Mrs. Kwan has to babysit them, but she falls asleep. It is a rainy day and Sally and Conrad are bored. Suddenly the Cat in the Hat appears in their closet and tries to make the children’s day more fun. The Cat brings Thing One and Thing Two into the house and they make a huge mess. The Cat in the Hat continues to make the children’s day messy and wild. Sally and Conrad must learn to work together so they can fix the house before their mother comes home.

What to look out for

There are some scenes that could scare or upset younger kids such as:

  • The babysitter gets dragged down the stairs banging her head and she is then hung up in a wardrobe
  • Conrad slides down the stairs and crashes into a car
  • The Cat threatens another Cat with a knife and the he chops his own tail off

Moral of the Story

The message of this story is to find a balance in life between being fun and being responsible.

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