Everybody knows who Dr. Seuss is. It’s the most basic children’s book, you can think of. Using simple words encourages children to read, accompanied illustrations and choice of colors keeps children’s interest, and the fact that it rhymes gives it an added bonus.
Although buried deep among these simple stories, lies a hidden and unexpected tale brought about his early experiences. Examples include: (source)
The Lorax is widely recognized as Dr. Seuss’ take on environmentalism and how humans are destroying nature.
Yertle the Turtle = Hitler? Yep.
The Butter Battle Book was pulled from the shelves of libraries for a while because of the reference to the Cold War and the arms race.
Moving on, just recently they announced a new book release by Dr. Seus! Which is crazy news, because HOW?! His last published book was around 1990, called Oh The Places You’ll Go! Not sure if someone’s just hiding Dr. Seus from us, but pretty sure it’s close to impossible to publish a book, when you’re practically dead.
So here’s how–
According to The New York Times, they found it in a box.
After Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, died in 1991, his widow, Audrey Geisel, decided to renovate their hilltop house in La Jolla, Calif. She and an assistant cleared out his office, donating most of his valuable illustrations and early drafts to the University of California, San Diego, and stashing some doodles and abandoned sketches in a box.
But alongside the orphaned sketches was a more complete project labeled “The Pet Shop,” 16 black-and-white illustrations, with text that he had typed on paper and taped to the drawings. The pages were stained and yellowed, but the story was all there, in Dr. Seuss’ unmistakable rollicking rhymes.
Ms. Goldsmith, now the vice president and associate publishing director for Random House/Golden Books Young Readers, was nervous about turning the manuscript into a book. No one knew why Mr. Geisel had set it aside, or what he planned to do with it.
“There’s a lot at stake here, for us and for him, and I really didn’t want to get this wrong,” Ms. Goldsmith said.
And it’s called, What Pet Should I Get?
The theme of “What Pet Should I Get?” is making choices, and like the boy and the girl in the story, who waver over getting a cat, a dog, a bird or a fish, Ms. Goldsmith faced a maze of decisions.
A notorious perfectionist and tinkerer, Mr. Geisel took work to Random House only when it was complete. The pet shop manuscript, which tells the story of a brother and sister who visit a pet store and feel overwhelmed by the choices, was several steps shy of finished. He hadn’t shaded in the color with colored pencils, as he normally did. He typically typed up the words for each page, then cut them out in small squares and taped them to the drawings. When he revised the text, he taped new versions over the old ones. But the squares of paper had come loose, so it was unclear what the final text should be in the recovered manuscript. Some images had five different possible rhyme schemes.
The actual article can get a little confusing that’s why I went ahead and summarized it for you, burnners. The book retails around $9.89 in hardcover at Amazon. It is said to be released on July 28, 2015. I’m not sure when this will arrive in the Philippines and how much it’ll cost. So I’ll update it here, asap.