Early Book Review: Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline M. Smith


Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline M. Smith is a comprehensive look at the art Theodor Geisel created over his lifetime. This book is schedule for release on November 13 2012. It is an enthralling and informative look behind the public persona or Dr. Seuss and into the reality that was Theodor Geisel. He created a body of workwhich he called his "Midnight Paintings," and which is now known as "The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss." The collection redefines Ted Geisel beyond the children's books and illustrations he is best known for, and gives him solid standing as an iconic American artist.

Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat is a fantastic book for anyone that has loved the works of Dr. Seuss. Learning more about the man only made me appreciate him, his life, and his art even more. The book juxtaposes Geisel's "Midnight Paintings" with some of his his best-loved children's books. The art in the book is not structured in strict chronological order, because that just would not have fit with the artwork and life of Geisel. A fascinating and intellectual look at a man that has had such an impact on the world through his books.

My children, and I, love reading Dr. Seuss just about every night at bedtime. Learning more about the man and his art only made me appreciate his work, and those moments, even more. I highly recommend Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat to anyone with fond memories of Dr. Seuss, and the desire to learn more about the man that created the world of Who-ville and taught us that "a person is a person no matter how small."
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