The announcement that Harper Lee’s first new book in more than half a century would be published in July had the literary world celebrating in excitement. Now, they’ll be getting another gift this summer — this time, from Dr. Seuss.
A previously unearthed manuscript from the beloved children’s book author, titled “What Pet Should I Get?” will be published by Random House on July 28, 2015. Its release will come more than two decades after the passing of Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, in 1991.
The full text and illustrations of “What Pet Should I Get?” were found by Geisel’s widow, Audrey, while she was remodeling their home shortly after the author’s death. She set them aside along with other materials of his, and didn’t rediscover them until 2013 when she was cleaning out his office space with Geisel’s longtime secretary and friend, Claudia Prescott.
“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 — he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories,” Mrs. Geisel said in a statement.
As the name implies, “What Pet Should I Get?” focuses on a brother and sister who are deciding which pet they should choose — the same brother and sister who are featured in his classic “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”. It’s believed that he wrote and illustrated “What Pet Should I Get?” sometime between 1958 and 1962.
“To be able to share this newly discovered Dr. Seuss book that was created during a most prolific period in his career marks a special moment in children’s book publishing,” Barbara Marcus, President of Random House Children’s Books, said. “The millions and millions of children and adults who have learned to love reading because of Dr. Seuss can now look forward to adding this treasure to their beloved collections.”
Random House says there will be at least two other Dr. Seuss books published from the uncovered materials, with names and release dates to be announced.