It’s a great week for Dr. Seuss fans. His new book, published a quarter of a century after his death, has just come out and it asks the question: “What Pet Should I Get?”
Theodor Seuss Geisel had set aside a number of things in his office and years later in 2013, the manuscript was discovered at his home in La Jolla, California outside of San Diego.
Geisel, who was better known to millions of fans as Dr. Seuss, died Sept. 24, 1991 at the age of 87.
The brother and sister from One Fish, Two Fish reappear in What Pet Should I Get? They’re once again grappling with the question of what pet to bring home during a trip to the pet store.
Unlike Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman which has created controversy about how it was published decades afterwards at a the author’s mental capacity is questionable and the apparent change from hero to possible racist in the character of Atticus Finch, Dr. Seuss’ book happily has no such dilemmas.
As to why Dr. Seuss, a well-known perfectionist, put the book aside is a question being debated. His widow thinks that he wrote it during such a productive time when he published 14 books in a span of ten years that he just put it aside and meant to come back to it.
Whatever the reasons, those of us who love Dr. Seuss will get more of what they love, the witty, snappy, unexpected rhymes in What Pet Should I Get?
Dad said we could have one./Dad said he would pay./I went to the Pet Shop./I went there with Kay.
There, they encounter not just the usual array of cats, dogs, birds and rabbits, but, of course, a bevy of imaginary creatures. This leads to the big question: What pet to get?
They leave the store with a basket and a mysterious critter with two eyes peering out.