By Christine Jacob
Twenty-four years after his death, a box filled with words and sketches is set to come to life in July in the new book “What Pet Should I Get?” by Dr. Seuss.
The widow, Audrey Geisel, found manuscripts and illustrations in their California home not long after her husband’s death. At the time, she set the materials aside until she rediscovered them in 2013.
In the release, Geisel stated, “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.”
Dr. Seuss’ former art director, Cathy Goldsmith, said she believes Geisel wrote “What Pet Should I Get?” between 1958 and 1962 since the brother and sister are the same as in “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” which was published in 1960.
The story “captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet,” said the publisher of Random House Children’s Books.
Audrey Geisel explained that the timing of the new release is extra special for her. “It is especially heartwarming for me as this year also marks twenty-five years since the publication of the last book of Ted’s career, ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go,'” she stated.