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The Cat in the Hat Comes Back Tone

Take a story’s temperature by studying its tone. Is it hopeful? Cynical? Snarky? Playful?

A Panicky Ride

The narrator in The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a total stress-case. And that, dear Shmoopers, means that the tone is just as stressed:

Then we saw the cat wipe
The spot off the dress.
Now the dress was all clean.
But the wall! What a mess!
(97-100)

Our heart-rate is rising just read the nervous narration. You'd think the Cat's goofy shenanigans would make things a little more light-hearted, but the panicky attitude of the narrator just seeps into our brains and we can't help but freak out a little right alongside him.

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