There’s a new Dr. Seuss book out this week, written between 1958 and 1962 and discovered by his widow Audrey in “a box full of something” at their La Jolla, California home in 2013. Rather than try to figure out whether this constitutes nostalgia or a reboot, you should probably just go ahead and buy What Pet Should I Get? because there’s a new Dr. Seuss book out this week.
The plot is simple: a brother and sister have their parents’ permission to go and pick one critter from the pet store as long as they’re home by noon. You’ll enjoy the book’s theme of decision-making (as in the thing that’s only easy for your kids when a new Dr. Seuss book comes out) and the 8-page Editor’s Note that details its discovery and publication and reminds modern audiences that the kids would have adopted their pet from a shelter rather than a pet store, except it was 1958.
The book features all the expected Seussian trappings: the rhyming style, the fantastical creatures like the Yent that lives under a tent, and even the color palette, carefully selected by Random House to match Seuss’ famously punctilious preferences. Yes, punctilious preferences. It’s a Dr. Seuss review — be happy it’s not written in groan-inducing verse.
The sibling protagonists should also look familiar — they’re the same kids from One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. In the end they make up their minds, but the identity of their pick is never revealed, hinting at a possible sequel. Better start digging through the rest of those boxes, Random House.