Lost Dr. Seuss book, “What Pet Should I Get?” to be published

February 26th, 2015

Don’t you wish your life was as colorful as Dr. Seuss’ book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go” or as spontaneous as his classic, “The Cat in the Hat?”


Dr. Seuss’ next children’s book, “What Pet Should I Get?” will be released this summer on July 28, 2015, featuring characters from Seuss’ previous story “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.”


The manuscript for “What Pet Should I Get?” written by Ted Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was found in 2013 (while cleaning out his office space) after Geisel passed away in 1991. His wife Audrey Geisel and longtime friend and secretary, Claudia Prescott, found the manuscript.


The publication of the complete text, in addition to black and white illustrations, will be overseen by Geisel’s former art director Cathy Goldsmith, the vice president and associate publishing director at Random House Books for Young Readers.


According to, because the story “What Pet Should I Get?” contains characters from previous works, it is believed that Geisel penned this story between 1958 and 1962 in what is said to be a “most prolific period in his career.”


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Susan Brandt from Dr. Seuss Enterprises said, “We had no idea what we were in store for when Claudia notified us of the materials discovered in Ted’s home. Pages and pages of manuscripts and sketches were laid out on the big glass dining room table. It was truly a magical moment, and we immediately knew this was more than just a box of sketches.”


JCU students shared their thoughts on the discovery of Dr. Seuss latest story.


Freshman Alexandra Salata said, “I used to read Dr. Seuss’ books out loud when I was younger to help with my speech skills. I worked at a library and his books were always gone. I even visited his house, and the trees there were like those in his books. I am excited to read his new book.”


Junior Judy Mualem added, “I didn’t know he had a new book coming out; since he died a while ago. I used to read his books when I was a kid. When we were young, my sisters and friends enjoyed them, as well. I would not really be interested in reading his book, but it would be nice to learn what the book is about. Since he passed away a while ago, it would be nice to see his last piece.”


Sophomore Mariah Salloum said, “I loved Dr. Seuss’ ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ and ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go.’ I loved his books because they taught me important life lessons and how to rhyme and spell.”


Additionally, there are enough materials within the newly discovered manuscript to create at least two more books in the future.


Editor’s Note: Information from and The Wall Street Journal was used in this article.