Oh the things you'll discover, when you finally uncover a box. No, you won't discover a pair of wild socks, or even a baby fox. Instead you'll find something neat; I guarantee it'll be a real treat. Oh, the things you'll find when you open your mind. You could find some jewels that came in a set, or maybe you'd find a book called "What Pet Should I Get?"!
OK, so I'm no Dr. Seuss, but you'll have to forgive me for being overwhelmed with excitement about the news that Random House will publish a new Dr. Seuss book in July! Yes, you read that correctly.
The New York Times reports that Dr. Seuss' "longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott" decided to rummage through a box that was found over 20 years ago in the late writer's house after he passed away in 1991. Inside, Prescott "found the nearly complete manuscript, along with other unpublished work."
Other unpublished work?! That means we will be getting even MORE Dr. Seuss reads in the future. Could this day be any more magical? I think not.
According to the New York Times, the book is about a brother and sister"”the same pair who were in "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish""”who work together to find the perfect addition to their home. Vice President and Associate Publishing Director of Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Cathy Goldsmith, who worked with Dr. Seuss (AKA Theodor Seuss Geisel), estimates Dr. Seuss wrote the book between 1958 and 1962.
Dr. Seuss's original artwork for "What Pet Should I Get?" Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2015 / New York Times
Familiar with his writing and illustration process, Goldsmith says she wants to stay true to his style in order to honor his legacy.
"I know he is looking down, watching over the process, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to do everything just as he would have done himself," Goldsmith said in a statement.
This book seems to come at the perfect time. With children learning on tablets in school, and video games replacing reading, perhaps Dr. Seuss will reignite sparks of creativity in children"”and adults!"”across the nation. After all, if anyone can get children excited about learning through rhyming and absurd creatures, it's Dr. Seuss!
I have no doubts that "What Pet Should I Get?" won't be anything but wonderful and can't wait to learn more about his other manuscripts!