9:05pm PT by Andy Lewis
Lost Dr. Seuss Book Publishes 24 Years After His Death
What Pet Should I Get? — a new book from famed children’s author Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel) — publishes July 28. It is the first of three posthumous Seuss books in the works. All three were discovered by Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, and his secretary in 2013 — 22 years after Dr. Seuss' 1991 death — when looking through boxes in his office in advance of a home remodeling project.
Demand for the book has been so high that in April, publisher Random House doubled the first printing from 500,000 to 1 million copies.
The story features the brother and sister from 1960’s One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, but this time at the pet store they can’t decide between a dog, a cat or one of the many other choices.
Seuss published 44 children’s book before his death at age 87. The first was 1937’s And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and the last was 1990’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! In between came such classics as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! and Green Eggs and Ham. He has sold more than 650 million books to date.
CNN has an interior page from the book. See it here.