What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss’ recently discovered manuscript is all about choices

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.

ht_dr_suess_what_pet_should_i_get_cover_float_jc_150217_4x3_992The New York Times has a lengthy piece about how the manuscript, which Mr. Geisel was likely working on at the same time as One Fish, Two Fish, was discovered after his death 24 years ago.

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.

What Pet Should I Get went on sale this week, a quarter of a century after his last work Oh, the Places You’ll Go, was published. dr-seuss

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.


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