Hey — quick, cool point, brought up by reader Rich Wilson: In The Cat in The Hat, which is hardly what you’d call subversive literature (oh, I’m sure some of you will, but let’s continue this point), the two tots are HOME ALONE! Mom has clearly gone out to shop, solo. And yet the book does not start with a disclaimer: “The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play/But never leave kids by themselves for the day!”
In the 2003 movie version, meanwhile, the kids were home with a (sleeping) babysitter. And the movie bombed.
That’s what happens when you tinker with a Free-Range classic.