Several new Dr. Seuss books will be published after a box filled with text and sketches was found in the late author's home.
Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, died in 1991, and that same year his widow, Audrey Geisel, came across the box while remodeling her home.
She put the box aside but rediscovered it in 2013 and notified Random House Children's Books, her husband’s publisher.
"Pages and pages of manuscripts and sketches were laid out on the big glass dining room table," Susan Brandt, president of licensing and marketing of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, said in a news release. "It was truly a magical moment, and we immediately knew this was more than just a box of sketches."
Random House announced on Feb. 18 that a Dr. Seuss book titled "What Pet Should I Get?" will be published on July 28, describing it as a story that "captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment — choosing a pet."
"While undeniably special, it is not surprising to me that we found this because Ted always worked on multiple projects and started new things all the time," Audrey Geisel said in the release.
Random House plans to publish two additional books from the found materials.
It's believed that Dr. Seuss wrote "What Pet Should I Get?" between 1958 and 1962 because the brother and sister in the story are the same as those in the bestselling "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," which was published in 1960.
Cathy Goldsmith, Dr. Seuss' former art director and the last Random House publishing executive to have worked with the author while he was alive, will be involved in the book's publication.
"My connection to Ted remains as vital as it was when we worked closely together years ago. I know he is looking down, watching over the process, and I feel a tremendous responsibility to do everything just as he would have done himself," she said.
Dr. Seuss's widow said the timing of the new books' release is ideal.
"It is especially heartwarming for me as this year also marks 25 years since the publication of the last book of Ted's career, 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!'" she said.
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