How long-lost Dr. Seuss book “What Pet Should I Get” was discovered

Inside pages from the newly revealed Dr. Seuss book, "What Pet Should I Get?" (Photo: TM and Copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2015. via ABC News)

We’ve read and we’ve watched all those Grinches and Whos and now it appears there’s some very good news!

That’s right — Dr. Seuss (also known as Theodor Seuss Geisel) is returning with a new book 25 years after his last published work.

The first printing of “What Pet Should I Get” is expected to be a major publishing event with one million copies.


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“What Pet Should I Get?” will be published on July 28, nearly 24 years after the author’s death. It will Suess’s 46th book. The new publication follows Dr. Seuss best-sellers such as “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Lorax.” His first major success was “The Cat in the Hat,” published in 1937. His final book before his death, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” was published in 1990.

A box filled with pages of text and sketches was found shortly after Geisel’s death when his widow, Audrey Geisel, was remodeling her home. The box was set aside and rediscovered in 2013 by Geisel and her longtime secretary and friend.

Text and illustrations for “What Pet Should I Get?” were found nearly complete. Geisel’s widow called the discovery “undeniably special,” but not surprising.

“Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time — he was constantly drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories,” she said, according to a statement by Random House in February.

Inside pages from the newly revealed Dr. Seuss book, "What Pet Should I Get?" (Photo: TM and Copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2015. via ABC News)
Inside pages from the newly revealed Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?” (Photo: TM and Copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2015. via ABC News)

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