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New Dr. Seuss book trips off the tongue; already a hit among the young

CHICAGO -- A Dr. Seuss story once lost is now found and is due out on bookshelves on Tuesday. For stories in verse, it's the hit of the season. And there's a rhyme, and a good reason.

"What Pet Should I Get?" is Seuss's latest to date. Though written long ago, it was well worth the wait.

The theme is quite simple, any kid understands. "Make up your mind," is what the book demands.


"Dr. Seuss is more popular now than he was during his lifetime," said Bill Dreyer the Curator for the Art of Seuss.

So many drawings and writings did the doctor produce.

"In the 25 years since he's now been gone, another 450 million books have been sold," said Dreyer.

American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits at his drafting table in his home office with a copy of his book, 'The Cat in the Hat', La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images) Getty Images, Gene Lester

There's a story about "What Pet Should I Get?" How the tale was found is a good tale we bet.

Cathy Goldsmith, VP and Associate Publisher, Random House Young Readers, said though the good doctor's gone, his words just won't quit.

"Shortly after Dr. Seuss died his widow did some renovations in the house and I think the box was packed up then and just forgotten about," she said. "I went literally running down the hall to my bosses office and said they found a box. They want us to come and look. We were literally on a plane like three business days later!"

What they found was his latest work. This book that just trips off the tongue, especially when it's read by the younger than young.

Readers are left to wonder at the end of the book, which pet did they get? But don't feel like a Shnook. A Lorax, an Ooblek are two it could be. Say a Grinch, or a Sneetch. Why not two, why not three?

Another book is what this ending implies.

"I understand from Random House that there are more books that will come out of this find," Dreyer said.

Out of this find? Yes, out of this find. Another Seuss book for you, if you are so inclined.

Cover: Random House Children's Books

© Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Stills of original art: Original art: UCSD Mandeville Library Collection/Dr. Seuss Enterprises

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