Aaron Tucker, portraying The Cat in the Hat, reads “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish” during Dr. Seuss Day at the public library Monday. The annual event attracted more than 60 children, including, from left, Annaleigh Mayo, Maggie Renfro and Jacey Ryals. The children enjoyed making their own red striped hats while at the library and then enjoyed a slice of the Seuss-themed cake entitled “Seussadelphia.” The cake, complete with green icing, was topped with a number of Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton, the Things and the Lorax.
Aaron Tucker, portraying The Cat in the Hat, reads “One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish” during Dr. Seuss Day at the public library Monday. The annual event attracted more than 60 children, including, from left, Annaleigh Mayo, Maggie Renfro and Jacey Ryals. The children enjoyed making their own red striped hats while at the library and then enjoyed a slice of the Seuss-themed cake entitled “Seussadelphia.” The cake, complete with green icing, was topped with a number of Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton, the Things and the Lorax.
The annual Dr. Seuss Day event at the Neshoba County Library drew a lot of smiles Monday from more than 60 children, who also enjoyed a special "Seussadelphia" cake depicting the occasion.

What's more, the youngsters got to make and don their own red striped top hat.

Two of Dr. Seuss's books were read aloud to the children by Aaron Tucker, who portrayed The Cat in the Hat.

Tucker, a local minister, will also perform as the Cat in the Hat in the upcoming Arts Council production of Seussical the Musical.

He has read and enjoyed Seuss' works for years.

"I love the rhyme and rhythm of it," he said, noting that when he heard that auditions were coming up for a Seuss-based musical he knew he had to try-out.

"It's awesome," he said.

When Tucker arrived at the library in full costume, the children were surprised and a few were speechless. By the time he started reading they had warmed up to him, despite his red striped hat and long whiskers.

Tucker read two books to the children: "Green Eggs & Ham" and "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish."

He was extremely energetic while reading to the children.

"My goal is to make them smile and have fun with them," he said.

Sarah Alice Fulton enjoyed listening to The Cat in the Hat read the book, "One Fish Two Fish."

"I thought he was real silly," she said.

Another new addition to the annual event was the giant Dr. Seuss-themed cake entitled "Seussadelphia."

The large square cake with green icing was topped with a number of Dr. Seuss characters including Horton, the Things and the Lorax.

It featured several raised buildings reminiscent of Philadelphia, including the library, the courthouse and the Fair.

Fulton especially enjoyed the cake.

"I thought it looked good and I got to eat a huge piece," she said. "I even got to eat one of the truffula trees."

The cake was the idea of Library Director Jacob Starks.

"A few years back I did a diorama of Whoville and I kept it in the back of my head until a month ago when I knew Dr. Seuss Day was coming up," he said. "The idea is to make reading fun, it's our primary purpose."

The cake was put together by Starks, Theresa Ridout and Leaha Winstead.

The base of the cake was made from four 18x18 cake pans and the buildings and figures were made using rice crispy treats.

It took three-and-a-half hours to put the cake together and then about seven hours to construct the toppings, Starks said.

When it was time to bring out the cake, Ridout wheeled it in on a cart.

The kids were noticeably awestruck and many were begging to touch it.

After a few minutes of observation, they were each given a piece of cake to eat.

Prior to enjoying cake, the children were provided materials to make their own red striped hat to take home in remembrance of the day.