Treasure discovered – a new Dr Seuss book

This could be cool – a book manuscript was found amongst Dr Seuss’ stuff and is being published this year:

Dr Seuss stood apart for writing very quirky and entertaining kids books that adults enjoyed/enjoy reading. Interesting storylines and rhythmic prose.

Radio NZ reports: New Dr Suess book discovered

The author, whose real name was Theodor Geisel, was probably the world’s best known children’s writer and illustrator. His books have sold more than 650 million copies.

The manuscript for What Pet Should I Get? was discovered in a box at his home by his widow Audrey in 2013.

“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,” she said.

Susan Brandt, president of licensing and marketing for Dr Seuss Enterprises, said she was alerted to the find by Geisel’s long time secretary and friend Claudia Prescott, who was helping Audrey Geisel clear out the author’s office.

“We had no idea what we were in store for when Claudia notified us of the materials discovered in Ted’s home,” she told Nine to Noon.

“Pages and pages of manuscripts and sketches were laid out on the big glass dining room table. It was truly a magical moment, and we immediately knew this was more than just a box of sketches.”

It is believed the manuscript was written between 1958 and 1962.

What Pet Should I Get? features the brother and sister from Geisel’s 1960 book, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

She said book dealt with the classic dilemma for children of choosing their first pet – and in true Dr Seuss style there were some unusual choices.

The book would be released in July, and Ms Brandt said and there were enough treasures in the boxes to publish at least two more works.

Two more books as well. All have to get in quick to be first to read them to grandkids.

Dr Suess was actually Theodor Seuss Geisel, born March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He died in 1991.

All of his grandparents were German immigrants, as were many Americans – with about 50 million descendants, “the largest self-reported ancestry group ahead of Irish Americans, African Americans and English Americans”.

A lot lighter reading than the Grimm brothers.

Suess was one of a kind who has entertained many millions of all ages for decades, and his books remain popular.

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  1. Kittycatkin

     /  19th February 2015

    What pet should I get ?
    Should I ask at the vet ?
    Should I look all around ?
    Should I go to the pound ?

    Should I ask for a cat ?
    Should I ask for a bat ?
    Should I ask for a puppy ?
    Or even a guppy ?

    Is what I need a dog ?
    Is what I need a frog ?
    Is a goldfish the thing ?
    Is a pup on a string ?

    Do we know that this book
    Is by Seuss ? Did they look ?
    His style isn’t hard
    To produce by the yard.

  2. Mike C

     /  19th February 2015

    I have a dog and cat on my bed,
    But I would prefer,
    A hedgehog and bat instead 🙂


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