New Dr. Seuss

by Anne Middleton, on March 30th, 2015
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It’s true, It’s true,
Climb a tree and shout “Woo Hoo,”
Dr. Seuss has a new book,
And in July we will all get a look!

Okay, so I am not as a prolific a rhymer as the beloved Dr. Seuss. His parables are legendary and a cherished memory from everyone’s childhood.

But this amazing news is still correct,
And this book will be a sell-out, we bet!

I’ll pause with the corny prose now and share this spectacular, earth-shattering news.

Even though the much loved Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, passed away over 20 years ago, his fans were flabbergasted when an unpublished manuscript of his work was recently unearthed.

Hooray!
What a Day!
Dr. Seuss has more to say!

There are fresh and innovative new verses soon to be distributed!

Geisel's widow, Audrey, located the manuscript and more importantly, the illustrations in their Southern California home soon after her husband died. She carefully and painstakingly set the materials aside, only to forget about them until 2013 while cleaning out his cluttered office.

Guidance for Getting a Pet
This previously unpublished story captures the excitement of the classic childhood moment of choosing a pet. Appropriately titled “What Pet Should I Get?” was most likely penned by the good doctor between 1958 – 1962.  Astonishing.  Simply astonishing.

The cover design drawn by Geisel himself is the typical whimsical Seuss graphics. It captures a young boy surrounded by an irregularly proportioned group of pets (cat, bird, fish and dog) all seemingly encompassing human attributes.  Just this small bit of artwork makes every person who views it grin ear to ear.

But there is a drop of sadness with this discovery.  Wouldn’t it have been sweet if Dr. Seuss could have been alive to see his beloved animal friends come alive in hardcover?

The Times They Are A Changing
The likelihood of any author in today’s technologically oriented world having undiscovered verses is virtually impossible to comprehend.

Today, most authors engage their prose and designs on personal laptops, Macs and even tablets.  These tales live in perpetuity electronically, especially when they are protected by some of the best antivirus software from McAfee or Norton or Bitdefender.

Imagine if Dr. Seuss had spun his rhymes and fables on a brightly colored personal computer.  Edits could have been made lightning fast if he utilized technology instead of pen and paper to describe the mischief of his kooky characters.  And with McAfee, hackers and plagiarists would never have a chance to steal his brilliant and original narratives.

Visualize the drawings he could have scanned onto his hard drive so they never aged, became torn or ragged.  Bitdefender provides specific software for Macs with 24/7 protection again e-threats.  Dr. Seuss’ pictures would be preserved for all eternity if he were alive when computers were the norm.

But alas, there was no processor or mainframe for Norton to guard when the legendary Dr. Seuss created Horton, the Grinch and especially the Cat in the Hat.

We should just count our lucky stars that these precious documents were recovered and will soon be shared with the world.

Thank you, Dr. Seuss. You are forever in our hearts.

The joy you bring,
Continues to make our hearts sing.