The Cat in the Hat Songbook
Sing Some Seuss!



Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat Songbook
Piano Score and Guitar Chords by Eugene Poddany

Children's book review by Steve Barancik

Ages 3-7

"19 Seuss-Songs for Beginning Singers"

It'd be hard to overstate the value of the Dr. Seuss brand back when the man was in his prime.

A Dr. Seuss songbook? Why not?

The Cat in the Hat Songbook

After all, how many songs are better remembered and loved than You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch? (Which does not appear in The Cat in the Hat Songbook.)

Now, I'm no music critic, so I'll be putting the emphasis on the lyrics in this review, which are filled with Seussian brilliance.

(I'll also play a bit of the music for you to sample with a video below.)

Like with many of Seuss's books, you'll find songs here that serve a purpose:

  • Cry a Pint - a stop-feeling-sorry-for-yourself song
  • I Can Figure Figures - an I-can-learn-math song
  • Lullaby for Mr. Benjamin B. Bickelbaum - a go-to-sleep song
  • Yawn Song - another go-to-sleep song
  • Happy Birthday to Little Sally Spingel Spungel Sporn - who just happens to be born on the same day as your child!
  • The Super-Supper March - a get-excited-about-eating (instead of worrying-about-yucky-food-items) song
  • Party Parting - another good lullaby

Wanna listen? (They used to sell these Seuss songs in audio format.) Here's a video a family made from The Super-Supper March:

Cute, huh?


Of course, you'll find just as many songs that feature trademark Seuss silliness and fun with sounds:

  • My Uncle Terwilliger Waltzes with Bears
      "Every Saturday night, he creeps down our back stairs, / sneaks out of our house to go waltzing with bears."
  • Somebody Stole My Hoo-To Foo-To Boo-To Bah!
  • The Left-Sock Thievers
      "They reach around dark corners, when you stroll about at night. / Then woosh! There goes your left sock. And you're left there with your right."
  • Rainy Day in Utica, N.Y.
      "Drip, drip, drip. Dibble, dibble, dibble... Drop, drop, drop. Dobble, dobble, dobble."
  • Let Us All Sing
      "It's good for tongues and necks and knees of people, bees and chimpanzees."

(The music for the songs was written by Eugene Poddany, who did the music for the 1970 cartoon version of Horton Hears a Who and a lot of other stuff for Chuck Jones of Looney Tunes fame.)

If you don't read music, play piano, or have a guitar, of course you can still get the book for the lyrics and consult Youtube to learn the tunes.

The Cat in the Hat Songbook is just the thing for families who can't get enough Seuss.

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