Friday, July 24, 2015

Dr. Seuss' Lost Book, 'What Pet Should I Get,' Gets Released

"What Pet Should I Get" releases on July 28, 2015.
"What Pet Should I Get" releases on July 28, 2015.
(Random House)

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Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, wrote and published his last book Oh the Places You'll Go in 1990. He later died in 1991. However, since that time, more stories from this master keep showing up.

In 1996, his My Many Colored Days was published for the first time even though it was written in 1973. Two years before that and two years after came two books (Daisy-Head Mayzie in 1994 and Hooray For Diffendoofer Day! in 1998) that were based on Geisel's drawings and notes, not full-blown books. But today's news is a bit more exciting.

What Pet Should I Get will be published for the first time July 28, 2015. It is believed that the book was written sometime between 1958 and 1962 and has the look and feel of his other books like One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. The book's manuscript was found by Geisel's widow, Audrey (now 93) shortly after the author's death, but must not have known exactly what treasure she held in her hand because she and her assistant donated many of her husband's works to the University of California in San Diego. The rest, they packed up into box. It wasn't until 2013 that the manuscript The Pet Shop was “rediscovered'” with complete story and black-and-white illustrations.

The first printing of What Pet Should I Get, (which sounds more like a Dr. Seuss than The Pet Shop), by Random House is set at 1 million copies and will be added to the 44 other children's books that he wrote and were published during his lifetime. It is estimated that Seuss' books have sold more than 650 million copies globally.

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