Written in buoyant easy-to-read prose (with more than a few hilarious asides from the pesky Fish), this official movie storybook is packed with full-color photos from the first-ever live-action film of the Dr. Seuss classic, starring Mike Meyers.Written in buoyant easy-to-read prose (with more than a few hilarious asides from the pesky Fish), this official movie storybook is packed with full-color photos from the first-ever live-action film of the Dr. Seuss classic, starring Mike Meyers.Read Less
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful: So, Everybody Wants to Be a Cat...., December 5, 2003
First, the disclaimer: I am an admirer of Dr. Seuss. Therefore, I expect anything that bears the great Theodor Seuss Geisel's name to be of high quality. The original cartoon version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the one narrated by Boris Karloff, is an example. The recent movies, The Grinch and Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat, are not. The unfortunate authors of this book were building on a movie that in itself is a travesty; they should not have undertaken this most unfortunate project. My daughter wanted to read the book, and I would rather she read a book than watch TV, even if the quality of the former mirrors the lack of that of the latter. First, this book bears little resemblance to The Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back; even the few quoted lines of Dr. Seuss's poetry seem stilted and out of place. The characters, nearly every one of them, are highly dislikable; like this retelling, they offer barely a redeeming quality. The story is told from the point of view of Conrad, the boy who with his sister, Sally, is stuck in the house on a dull, rainy day. Conrad could have written the story himself - the narration is pretentious and trite. While the original books were written more than four decades ago, their stories could have taken place yesterday. In this latest incarnation, the book's references to wide-screen TVs, Game Boys, and the like will seem laughingly out of date a mere five years from now!
The purveyors of the crass commercialization of Dr. Seuss's good name should be ashamed of themselves. I recommend readers to stick with magic of Dr. Seuss's poetry, which has inspired generations of people of all ages. This truly is a book you can put down.
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