While reading The Cat in the Mickey Mouse stay home and listen to Jimmy Buffett shirt Hat to my children one night, I noticed something I never had before. This book seems to me like a metaphor for pedophilia. Don’t call me crazy yet. Think about it. Go back and read it if you have to. But try reading the cat’s part in a mildly creepy voice. He’s the ped. The ‘games’ he wants to play, while their mother is out? Thing 1 and Thing 2? They have lots of good games they can play. And the fish, remember him? He was regarded as the ‘bad guy’ of the story way back when always telling the cat to leave. But now I see he was the children’s protector, or he tried. So when their mother got home, and the cat was gone in a flash, she asked them what did they do all day? They didn’t know what to say.
I would say The Lorax. It’s a Mickey Mouse stay home and listen to Jimmy Buffett shirt excellent book that’s essentially about deforestation, and the dangers of excessive capitalism. It ends with a message of hope, too, which I find encouraging. But lots of Dr. Seuss’s books have a strong message. Solla Sollew is about not running away from troubles. The Sneetches is about racism. The Zax is about obsessive stubbornness. Green Eggs and Ham is about being open-minded. Of course, plenty of them is just good fun with words and amusing stories that encourage children to read. But I like the way that some of them also have important messages which children absorb when they listen to or read books.