If you’re like me, you read every Dr. Seuss book as a kid. The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs I Am, I Wish That I Had Duck Feet—I read them all countless times. Today marks the debut of a new book by Dr. Seuss, who has been dead for more than 20 years. What Pet Should I Get? is the talk of the literary and pet world. Although it was written years ago by the man whose real name is Theodor Geisel, its message remains timeless.
The official description reads as follows:
This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!
Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.
An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?
Random House Children’s Books published the book after the manuscript was found in 2013 in the La Jolla, Calif., home of the author, who died in 1991, by his widow and secretary. The publisher has said What Pet Should I Get? was likely written between 1958 and 1962. The book features the same brother and sister seen in Dr. Seuss’ 1960 classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.
As a child, I was most intrigued by Dr. Seuss’ Come Over To My House, which was released in 1966 and shows the various styles of homes that kids from around the world live in along with the author’s recognizable prose. I enjoyed seeing how other kids my age ate, slept (Japanese wooden pillows), played (sledding on pine needles) and even cleaned-up afterwards (Polynesian hot spring). As I look back now, it was a sign that my curiosity about other cultures would lead me far-flung destinations. I just didn’t know my travels would often be with a dog.
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