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

New Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelves
New Dr. Seuss Book Hits Bookshelves



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.

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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.

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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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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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