Alex O'Brien

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Fri, 20 Feb, 2015

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered by widow will be published

New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered by widow will be published

What Pet Shall I Get?More than half a century on, an original manuscript by beloved author, Dr Seuss, has been discovered by his widow Audrey and will be published by Random House Children’s Books in July. 

The illustrated manuscript, entitled What Pet Should I Get?, was found in the La Jolla, California home of the author following his death in 1991.

His widow found the text and drawings in 2013 when she was cleaning out her husband's office space. 

“We believe that he wrote and illustrated What Pet Should I Get? somewhere between 1958 and 1962,” Random House vice president Cathy Goldsmith said in a statement.

“The brother and sister in the book are the same as those in his bestselling beginner book One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, which was published in 1960.”

What Pet Should I Get?, the first of at least two books to be published from the rediscovered material, is due to be released on July 28.

Ms Goldsmith, who is supervising the book’s production, served as the author’s art director, and worked with him on his last book of his lifetime – Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

“I know he is looking down, watching over the process, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to do everything just as he would have done himself,” she said.

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