It’s been almost 25 years since Dr. Seuss passed away, but his books live on. However, one of his lost books is about to be published, according to The Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2015. Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel passed away in 1991. He was 87 years old. His wife Audrey and his secretary Claudia Prescott cleaned out some of his things and donated them to UCSD. However, she kept some of his sketches and placed them in a box. Then, in 2013, Audrey and Claudia looked through the contents. The drawings and illustrations they found holds enough material for three complete books. The first book, due to hit bookstores on July 28, 2015, is titled, “What Pet Should I Get?” No one knows for sure when Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated the book, but they guess it was between the years 1958 and 1962. The brother and sister in this book also appeared in the book “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.” Donald Pease, a teacher at Dartmouth College said, “You’ll see creatures in that book who will remind you of the entire archive of Seussian creatures.” The two children go to a pet store in search of a pet. Inside the pet store, they find a multitude of pets, even imaginary ones, to choose from. The book was written in his traditional style of rhymes. The manuscript was complete, but it was missing the coloring. Claudia told “Today” that when she went through the contents of the box page by page she discovered the completed book.
The publisher responsible for this book is Random House. Cathy Goldsmith was the art director at Random House when Dr. Seuss published his other books. Now, she as the Vice President, she was overjoyed at the thought of doing another Dr. Seuss book. At first, Random House was only going to do 500,000 books, but because of the high demand for this book, they increased it to 1 million copies.
Dr. Seuss had 44 children’s books published before he passed away. His last book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” was published in 1990. This book will join his other best-selling books like “The Cat in the Hat,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.” When Dr. Seuss’s wife was asked why he didn’t publish the book, she responded, “While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time — he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories.” The book, “Which Pet Should We Get?” is 48 pages long and costs, $17.99.
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