The Cat in the Hat is a Sadist
Reading the book to my boy this morning it struck me that the Cat is either criminally indifferent to other people’s feelings or he gets off on their discomfort. Consider that poor fish, tossed all over the place while the Cat wrecks the house. It’s cruel. Meanwhile the Cat’s all like, “This is our little secret kids,” which makes me uncomfortable for obvious reasons.
Many see the book as an expression of chaos within boundaries; I think it’s a primer on “Stranger Danger!”