Dr. Seuss fans can rejoice in the discovery of a lost manuscript to be published into a book. The book titled What Pet Should I Get? will be released in July 2015 by Random House Children’s Books. Dr. Seuss books are classic and will be around for generations to come.
The author, whose real name is Theodor Geisel, is probably one of the world’s best children’s writers and illustrators. More than 650 million copies of his books have been sold. Geisel died in 1991.
The Dr. Seuss lost manuscripts and sketches were found in the late author’s home office in La Jolla, CA by his wife, Audrey, in 2013 and will be published into a book. Geisel’s wife gave the statement that while the news is most certainly special, it is not at all surprising to him that the book was found. His reason for this was that Ted always worked on many projects at once, as well as starting new things on a constant basis. Audrey says that Ted was always drawing, writing and coming up with new story ideas. This year marks twenty-five years since the publication of the last book of Geisel’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
It is believed the material 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.” This new book deals with the classic dilemma for children of choosing their first pet. And in keeping with the same theme in all the Sr. Seuss books there were some unusual choices.
All of the new material that was discovered will be added to the collection in the Geisel Library at UC San Diego.
Random House plans at least two more books in addition to What Pet Should I Get? based on the material found in Geisel’s office. The titles to these works have not been disclosed yet.
Geisel’s 46 published children’s books were often characterized by rhyme and imaginative characters. Some of his bestselling books include the Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hears a Who!, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, Horton Hatches the Egg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Geisel began submitting his work to magazines, book publishers, and advertising agencies in 1927. In early 1928 Geisel signed “Dr. Seuss” for the first time in Judge. To help his creativity, Geisel would travel with his wife and they travelled to 30 countries. In 1936, on an ocean voyage, the rhythm of the ship’s engine inspired his first book, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street. The book was rejected by between 20 and 43 publishers. He was on his way home to set fire to the manuscript when a chance encounter with an old classmate from Dartmouth led to it being published by Vanguard Press. And the rest is history!
Geisel would likely take a while on settling in on a book theme because he was a perfectionist in his work. He would throw out 95 percent of the material until it felt right to him and it could take him up to a year to write one book.
Dr. Seuss will be resurrected in 2015 with the lost manuscript that will be made into a published book. And two more works to follow!
By Michele Enli
Radio New Zealand News
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