Childhood dreams come true: Dr. Seuss book hits stands next week

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First Look Inside the New Dr. Seuss Book

As is true with all greats, Dr. Seuss's legacy has lived on far past his death.

Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss, published over 40 magical, rhyming masterpieces that have enchanted children across the world. When Geisel's widow was clearing out his belonging after his death in 1991 (yes, 24 years ago), she donated most of his work to The University of California, San Diego. The rest, mostly doodles and sketches, she just stashed in a box.

Well, in that box lived Dr. Seuss's next great project, "What Pet Should I Get?"



The rough draft was a 16 black-and-white illustrations, with text that he had typed on paper and taped to the drawings. Luckily for us, and "Cat in the Hat" lovers everywhere, this draft was turned into a beautiful, colorful book that Dr. Seuss would sure be proud of.

"What Pet Should I Get?" will be released by Random House on Tuesday, July 28, with a first printing of one million copies. Run to your nearest bookstore, to get your hands on the final chapter to a magical legacy.

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Childhood dreams come true: Dr. Seuss book hits stands next week
Children's book writer and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel of La Jolla Calif., poses on June 15, 1955. He is popularly known as Dr. Seuss. (AP Photo)
HAGERSTOWN, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Image of The Cat in the Hat book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is widely know for his children's books.
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)
HAGERSTOWN, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Image of Green Eggs and Ham book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is widely know for his children's books.
HAGERSTOWN, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Image of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is widely know for his children's books.
HAGERSTOWN, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Image of The Cat in the Hat Comes Back book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is widely know for his children's books.
HAGERSTOWN, MD - FEBRUARY 26, 2015: Image of On Beyond Zebra book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss is widely know for his children's books.
Theodor Seuss Geisel 1904 -– 1991, American writer, poet, and cartoonist at work on a drawing of a grinch, the hero of his forthcoming book, 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 18: ABC SPECIAL - 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' - 12/18/66, A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits with pen and paper as he works on his book 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas' by his pool in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991), holds the head of one of his characters in his home work room, La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
American author and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) sits outdoors talking with a group of children, holding a copy of his book, 'The Cat in the Hat', La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
American writer and illustrator Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904 - 1991) points towards something in the distance while his wife Helen prepares to take a picture outside their home in La Jolla, California, April 25, 1957. (Photo by Gene Lester/Getty Images)
Author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, reads from his book "Horton Hears a Who!" to four-year-old Lucinda Bell at his home in La Jolla, Ca., June 20, 1956. (AP Photo)
FEB 7 1976, FEB 9 1976, APR 1 1984; Geisel, Theodor Seuss - Individuals - Dr. Seuss; (Photo By Steve Larson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Author Dr. Seuss, alias Theodor S. Geisel, holds a Cat In The Hat toy at the Coleco toy fair in New York Thursday, February 15, 1985. Coleco expanded its Dr. Seuss line to include four new versions of the Cat. (AP Photo/David Bookstaver)
YONKERS, NY - MARCH 1: Theodor Geisel attends Dr. Suess In-Store Appearance on March 1, 1986 at Caldor in Yonkers, New York. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
TAYLOR MOMSEN with JIM CARREY.'Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas' .Supplied by ES-Globe Photos, inc..TV-Film-Still.K20375ES (Credit Image: © Globe Photos/ZUMAPRESS.com)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: ABC SPECIAL - 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' - 12/18/66, A grumpy hermit hatches a plan to steal Christmas from the Whos of Whoville., (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
American author, artist and publisher Theodor Seuss Geisel, known as Dr. Seuss, speaks in Dallas, Texas, on April 3, 1987. (AP Photo)
Theodor S Geisel, known to his millons of fans the world over as Dr. Seuss in a publicity portrait from the film biography 'In Search Of Dr. Seuss', 1994. (Photo by TNT/Getty Images)
Thing 1, The Cat in the Hat and Thing 2 during Theodor 'Dr. Seuss' Geisel Honored Posthumously with Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
The hat worn by The Cat in the Hat, a creation of famed children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, adorns Dr. Seuss' posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles' Hollywood district after dedicaton ceremonies Thursday, March 11, 2004. Though Dr. Seuss died in 1991, his work continues to live on in his books, toys, audio casssettes, animated television specials and videos. The star ceremony honors Seuss on his 100th birthday (March 2) and the upcoming release on DVD of the recent Universal feature, "The Cat in the Hat." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A blow-up of the newly released 37-cent Dr. Seuss stamp is seen at its unveiling Monday, Oct. 27, 2003, in Springfield, Mass. by the U.S. Postal Service, honoring Dr. Seuss creator Theodor Geisel. (AP Photo/Nathan Martin)
Audrey Geisel, widow of famed children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, poses with The Cat in the Hat, foreground, and Thing 1 and Thing 2, all characters from his books, at the dedication of Dr. Seuss' posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles' Hollywood district Thursday, March 11, 2004. Though Dr. Seuss died in 1991, his work continues to live on in his books, toys, audio casssettes, animated television specials and videos. The star ceremony honorsSeuss on his 100th birthday (March 2) and the upcoming release on DVD of the recent Universal feature, "The Cat in the Hat." (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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