Dr. Seuss Book Found: Story From As Early As 1958 Discovered, Will Be Published Soon

A Dr. Seuss book found is believed to have been written as early as 1958. What Pet Should I Get? was a story no one knew about that author, Theodor Geisel, had written long ago. Geisel, famously know as “Dr. Seuss,” has authored 44 children’s books with wiry illustrations that include Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham.

Theodor wrote books until his death in 1991. As the Wall Street Journal reveals, in 2013, Geisel’s wife, Audrey, and friend/secretary, Claudia Prescott, stumbled upon the completed book with black and white illustrations. The two women were cleaning out Geisel’s office when they saw the manusript, a press release explains.

The Dr. Seuss book found features the same characters from another book he wrote called One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

More than one book will come after What Pet Should I Get? Publisher Random House Children’s Books says in its release that at least two more books will come from the written works discovered by Geisel and Prescott. Titles and publication dates will be announced at a later time.

CNN reports that the Dr. Seuss book found is believed to have been written by Geisel between 1958 and 1962. Cathy Goldsmith is Dr. Seuss’ former art director and determined that this was probably around the time the lost book was written and illustrated.

“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,” Goldsmith says.

Audrey Geisel shares that the timing of releasing her husband’s book is significant.

“It is especially heartwarming for me as this year also marks twenty-five years since the publication of the last book of Ted’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


Giesel isn’t at all surprised about finding her husband’s work on What Pet Should I Get? put aside because he often worked on multiple projects.

Goldsmith will make sure things go according to how they would if Dr. Seuss was still alive. She’s reportedly the last Random House publishing executive to have closely worked with the author before he died.

The Inquisitr has written about Dr. Seuss and the legacy he leaves for millions of children and adults alike. An article on this site explores how his books still excite children to this day.

Fans of the iconic author have a lot to look forward to when the Dr. Seuss book that was found is released in July.

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