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Cat in the Hat in Space Gets an Update

By jeannesager |

theres-no-place-like-spaceWho knew there was a Cat in the Hat more annoying than Mike Myers’ whiny version? For anyone who thinks a little thing like science shouldn’t get in the way of a good time, you’re fine.

But for the rest of us, good news! They’re updating the old Cat in the Hat visit to space book – so while he might lead Sally and Dick astray in the original for decades to come, the Dr. Seuss knock-off won’t be teaching another generation that Pluto is a planet.

There’s No Place Like Space!, written by Tish Rabe with the official use of the Cat in the Hat (as licensed by Random House for the Cat in the Hat Learning Library Series) hit shelves in 1999. Since then there’s been one major change in how kids look heavensward – they’re not searching for nine planets anymore but eight.

The Pluto downgrade happened three years ago, believe it or not, and they’re celebrating a decade of the book with the update.

Although I was raised on the good old snarky cat, before he started being useful and teaching kids things (the learning library series launched in 1998, an offshoot of the Beginner Book series founded by Dr. Seuss himself in 1957), I am also from the nine planet era – as are most parents. So it’s worth it to have a corrected copy land in our kids’ hands, lest they learn bad science from Mom and Dad.

Image: Barnes and Noble

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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