At the very peak of boredom, the boy, Sally, and (as the illustration shows) their fish hear a loud noise, followed by an unexpected visitor—the Cat in the Hat.
Here's the lowdown on the Cat: he's as big as a man and has black and white fur; he appears to have five fingers on each hand; he walks on two legs (natch) and his lower paws are bare; his outfit consists of a red and white striped top hat, a red bowtie, white gloves, and a pastel blue umbrella.
We know we have a way with words, but we suggest you just go look at the illustration.
Right away, the Cat brings up one of Shmoop's favorite things: fun. More specifically, he wants to know why the kids aren't having any. He insists that they "can have/ Lots of good fun that is funny!" (32-33)
What he has in mind, he says, are "games," "new tricks," and "good tricks" (38).
Best of all, he says, their mother will approve.
The boy and Sally aren't so sure about that. Their mother is "out of the house/ for the day" (42-45).