He passed away in 1991, but his body of work lives on and is still as fresh and relevant today, as it was when we were growing up. Now, you can add to that legacy yet a new tome - one that’s being lauded as “pure Seussian magic (with) loopy drawings, crazy rhymes, kids taking charge and even a little mystery at the end,” according to a NY Daily News review.
The release of “What Pet Should I Get” is going to be a run-away hit for not only members of the world's latest population demographic — Generation Z (the children of Millennials) — but also for Seuss devotees of all ages.
So much so, that Random House’s prognostication is that at least one million folks will want to purchase a the first-run edition of the book’s hard copy, let alone the eBook sales that will explode exponentially.
But while Amazon will benefit from all those online sales, brick ’n mortar stores like Barnes and Noble are ramping up their promotional prowess to woo families and their brood into their stores for special readings — similar to what First Lady Michelle Obama has done with Dr. Seuss books in the past.
Libraries nationwide are also jumping on the bandwagon. “I have been waiting for this book,” says librarian Jackie Mosteller of the New York Public Library’s New Amsterdam branch on Murray St., who got an advance peek at the Daily News’ copy. “I love it. It’s adorable, whimsical, fanciful — everything you could imagine Dr. Seuss was about.”
The plot of this never-ever-before-seen picture book by the good doctor is about making up one's mind over the right pet! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can't choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood dilemma, and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!
Told in Dr. Seuss's signature rhythmic rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and special occasions of all kinds. An Editor's Note at the end of the tale discusses Dr. Seuss's pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript for What Pet Should I Get?
Dr. Seuss — aka Theodor Seuss Geisel — completed over 60 books commencing in 1931. He inspired generations to read by appealing to their more whimsical side with made-up words, puns, silly character-names and fanciful cartoonish illustrations. His appeal is timeless and his books judged by many are said to live on for hundreds of years to come.
While NY Daily News columnist Jacqueline Cutler reviews and interviews kids and professionals about the book, she also demonstrate how much of an influence this man had on her own life by trying her hand at imitating him:
Here’s a new book from a beloved master!
Could be a sweet treat. Could be a disaster!
But this latest arrival is — phew! — no lame goose
It is real, it is dear, it is sweet Dr. Seuss!
Yes, old man Geisel is back, with a goofy new book
“What Pet Should I Get” — it’s well worth a look
There's a cat with a bow, alas no hat yet
And a fish, wouldn’t you know, who can live when not wet
Monkeys and turtles, but no Horton and no who
What more could you want? He gave us a zoo.
They say that 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!' With that being said, looks like Ms. Cutler is a Seussian in the making . . . wouldn’t you say?