HarperCollins Children’s Books UK is publishing a gift edition of Dr. Seuss' What Pet Should I Get? today in time for Christmas.
The nearly completed manuscript for the book, published in the US in July by Random House, was found in a box of the author’s texts and sketches by his wife, Audrey Geisel, and his secretary Claudia Prescott, several years after the author's death. The book features the brother and sister characters introduced in Seuss’ One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and is about a child’s excitement over selecting a pet.
HarperCollins Children’s executive director, Ann-Janine Murtagh, and publishing and creative director, Rachel Denwood, acquired the UK and commonwealth rights from Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.
The publisher is releasing a special collector’s slipcased edition this month, followed by a hardback edition in February 2016.
Murtagh said: “We are so excited to be publishing What Pet Should I Get and just in time for Christmas. The book is a rare treasure and as the proud UK and Commonwealth publisher of Dr Seuss, HarperCollins firmly believes that every child and parent deserves to discover the joy of reading a Dr Seuss book.”
HarperCollins will also be releasing Horton and the Kwuggerbug – a collection of four Dr. Seuss stories first published in the 1950s in magazines – in March 2016