“We’re off the the Jungle of Flim-Flam-Fla-roo
To visit a beetle who lives in some poo!”
— P, imagining, or possibly just reciting from, an episode of TV’s
The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That
Voiced by Martin Short, the television version of The Cat in the Hat possesses all the calm and equanimity you might expect from a coked-up fabulist who likes to kidnap children and take them on “adventures.” Okay, kidnap is too strong a word. He first assures the kids that their parents “won’t mind at all” if they disappear together. So that makes it … less creepy, I guess?
Whatever. It’s on TV, so we watch it.
The other night, Seve and I were joking around and we started to come up with alternative combinations of cat and clothing (or rather, I did, because after the third or fourth one, he was laughing to the point of breathless hiccups). For example:
- The Cat in the Socks Knows a Lot About Blocks
- The Cat in the Shirt Knows a Lot About Dirt
- The Cat in the Shorts Knows a Lot About Forts
- The Cat in the Mittens Knows a Lot About Kittens
And of course, les pièces de résistance:
- The Cat in the Boots Knows a Lot About Toots
- The Cat in the Shoes Knows a Lot About Poos
So by this time, I figured the rhythm and pattern had been well-established, and I asked Seve to come up with a rhyme of his own. Here’s his contribution:
- The Cat in the Underwear Knows a Lot About Airports
We’ll keep working on it, kiddo.
P.S. At first I was regretful, then grateful, not to have gone with “The Cat in the Scarf,” because of course the only acceptable conclusion, if you’re a four-year-old, is “barf,” which is most certainly what I’d have been cleaning up if I’d make him laugh any harder.