Although Theodor Seuss Geisel -- the man the world knows as Dr. Seuss -- died in 1991, his whimsical illustrations, imaginative stories and infectious rhymes certainly live on.
Now, the world will be treated to even more Seuss, thanks to a discovery made by his widow and his secretary back in 2013. It was then, while cleaning out the good author's office, that the two came upon a box with an unpublished story and sketches by Seuss called "What Pet Should I Get?" The manuscript and drawings were passed to Random House, which will publish the book on July 28. It can be preordered now.
"This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one's mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure," the publisher said Wednesday in a press release. "What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can't choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment-choosing a pet-and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!"
The book features the same characters from Seuss' 1960 book, "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish," and, according to Random House associate publishing director Cathy Goldsmith, it was likely written around the same time.
Goldsmith, Seuss' former art director, is overseeing the process of getting the new book ready to meet the world. "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 in a statement.
"What Pet Should I Get?" is not the only manuscript found at the Seuss home. There was apparently enough material found for two more books, so there should be more Seuss ahead.
"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 -- he was constantly writing and drawing and coming up with ideas for new stories," his widow, Audrey Geisel, said in a statement.
"What Pet Should I Get" will not only feature Seuss' trademark rhymes and images, it will also come with an editors note at the end that will discuss "Dr. Seuss's creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work," according to the publishers.
The chance of the new book becoming a hit is relatively strong. Seuss currently has four books in the top 50 on USA Today's Best-Selling Books list.
This year marks the 25th publication anniversary of what was considered his Seuss' last book, "Oh, The Places You'll Go."