I normally don’t get political on this blog, but I’m going to make an exception in this case, as The Cat in the Hat is running for president!
Here are some reasons why The Cat deserves your vote this November:
- If he can balance a cup and a cake and two books and a fish and a little toy ship and some milk on a dish, surely he can balance the Federal budget.
- Sure, he gets himself into messes, but he always cleans things up.
- He doesn’t take himself too seriously.
Name me one other presidential candidate with these credentials.
Okay, I’m just getting into the spirit of the fun, but aside from being a very clever and well-timed marketing campaign from Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Amazon, and Random House children’s books, there’s a serious point. Along with having fun, the three companies will donate $20,000 to a charity that receives the most votes. Kids can vote at the “campaign headquarters” page on Amazon.com (logging in with their parents’ Amazon account) for one of five causes, each of which is linked to a Dr. Seuss character: Dick and Sally from The Cat in the Hat support reading (First Book); The fish from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish support ocean conservation (Oceana); the Lorax speaks for, what else, the trees (Conservation International); Sam-I-Am from Green Eggs and Ham Fights Hunger (Feed the Children); and Horton from Horton Hears a Who supports an anti-bullying organization (PACER Center).
In addition, on that page you’ll see links to all kinds of merchandise, like an actual Cat in the Hat stovepipe hat, stickers and badges, and T-Shirts, my favorite of which is this Winston Churchill-inspired Keep Calm and Vote for the Hat T-Shirt, currently in stock for adults and girls sizes.