Why today's debut of Dr. Seuss' new book is such a big deal

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Dr. Seuss' highly anticipated new book, the first in 25 years, comes out today and we could not be more excited. The book, "What Pet Should I Get?," contains all the zany, fuzzy, feathered creatures and wild imagination we expect from Dr. Seuss despite its short length.



You could say the emergence of this new book is kind of a big deal. Dr. Seuss is one of the greatest literary legends as just about every baby boomer and millennial alike grew up on Dr. Seuss' wild stories complete with sharp rhyming schemes.

To keep up with increasing demand, the book's first printing was raised from 500,000 to 1 million copies. The first image released of the new book portrays a brother and sister in a pet store wondering what type of pet they should get. It features the same siblings we grew to love in "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." The book is believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962.



Dr. Seuss' widow, Audrey Geisel, found the manuscript and illustrations at their home in California after her husband died in 1991. After she set aside the materials, they were rediscovered in 2013.

People are excited about this book for a plethora of reasons. Not only did Dr. Seuss teach us how to read, but he also taught us how to explore even the deepest pockets of our imaginations. We believed his stories strongly enough to get frustrated with The Cat In the Hat's tricky antics, to feel sympathetic for the lonely and misunderstood Grinch, and to support the Lorax in his quest to speak for the trees.

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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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Dr. Seuss taught us the importance of respecting everyone, because "a person's a person no matter how small." He taught us to be adventurous and try new things, even something as strange as green eggs and ham! He taught us to believe in ourselves and to trust that we'll succeed indeed (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) as we embark on our life journeys and explore all the places we'll go.

This is why we know "What Pet Should I Get?" will touch readers and will somehow teach us to be creative, open, and confident as we get lost in the story of two-legged, four-legged, winged and finned beasties. The book may not encourage us to go green, not to quarrel, or the damage of ego wages as Dr. Seuss' stories have in the past, but it will undoubtedly help some little boy or girl out there who is just trying to find his or her voice in this big crazy world. Just as all of his past books helped all of us.



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