Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Jack, James, Jerry, and Joe

It’s not until almost halfway through The Cat in the Hat Beginner Book Dictionary that we finally learn the identity of the heretofore nameless quadruplets: Jack, James, Jerry, and Joe. Way back on page four, they invited us all Along on their alphabetic adventures, and we’ve followed them faithfully through all their Bell ringing and Cap wearing, but we’ve had to wait until J for the formal introductions. Even so, I still cannot tell them apart and still suspect that P. D. Eastman only gave them those particular names because he couldn’t come up with enough J words before deadline.

Also posted on ABC Wednesday.


  1. Clever - though I sense a Seinfeldian element of self-reference.

  2. I've never seen the dictionary but suspect a fun journey led by the four Js.
    ABC Team


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