The Cat's Quizzer

The Cat's Quizzer

Book - 1976
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The Cat in the Hat plays quiz master by challenging the reader with both entertaining and educational questions such as "Are freckles catching?" and "How old do you have to be to drive a car?" Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Beginner Books, c1976.
ISBN: 9780394932965
039493296X
Characteristics: 62 p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.

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bell5133
Apr 12, 2021

The book was not discontinued for being silly. Most Dr. Seuss books ARE silly and meant to be funny. That’s why kids tend to like them. His most famous book, The Cat in the Hat, is full of silliness!
This quizzer book is controversial and was discontinued for being racist. The parts that are racist are the pages that ask how old you have to be to be Japanese, and another page which dares to insinuate that Japanese people eat with chopsticks. [gasp]
I guess what the politically correct want is for the Japanese to be entirely absent from this book and for everyone to be in denial that the Japanese eat with chopsticks. Been to Japan lately? How about a Japanese restaurant? Is the server racist for giving you chopsticks? Would a Japanese person scream at the server in outrage, “How dare you assume I eat with chopsticks?! RACIST!” Oh, but they give everyone chopsticks regardless of their race. So stop taking everything so personally.
By the way, I’m Asian, and I am not offended by this book.
To all the Americans reading this, are you offended by this question: “How old do you have to be to be American?” Because that’s really no different than the question this book asks.

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muffinpopcorn
Mar 25, 2021

I read this book totally out of curiosity to all the controversy . The conclusion I came to is not that it's controversial , but just plain silly . Asks some of the dumbest questions . Dr Seuss really let down the ball on writing this one . Makes one wonder if he got a flunky to write it instead .

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iloveseaotters
Mar 24, 2021

* spoiler alert *I read this one out of curiosity because I wanted to see what was controversial about it. There is one line on page 11 that asks "How old do you have to be to be Japanese?" Which was a little shocking, but honestly I think this book was discontinued because, to be honest, it's pretty stupid. There are answers in the back to all of the questions but most of the questions didn't make much sense anyway.

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RedGyl
Mar 10, 2021

The purpose of libraries is to provide the people an opportunity to educate themselves for free. I want to read this book myself and draw my own conclusions about it. Shame on you, San Diego Public Library, for going against your express purpose for existing!

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finnja22
Feb 09, 2011

I thought this would be more in line with Cat In the Hat non-fiction books of late, like those about birds, oceans and outerspace. I was very disappointed that the questions are silly and often trick questions. My son was so frustrated! Here are some questions from the book : How old do you have to be to be Japanese? Does your family have a one or two-car "grudge" [sic]? Are there a few ducks on the moon?

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