CULTURE & ARTS

New Dr. Seuss Book To Be Published Next Week

What pet? Go with the cat in a hat, if they have one.

Don't fret!

What Pet Should I Get? is nearly here.

(But not just yet.)

The new Dr. Seuss Book, the first since famed author Theodor "Ted" Geisel died in 1991, is set to be released on July 28. An advance copy of the book, reviewed in rhyme Sunday by The New York Times, presents a characteristically whimsical work, centered on two children struggling to decide what pet to take home from the store.

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 publisher first announced the book in February, revealing Geisel's widow, Audrey, had approached the company with the manuscript in 2013. The book itself is to have been written in the late 1950s or early 1960s, based on its original artwork.

"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,”Audrey Geisel said in a release at the time. “It is especially heartwarming for me as this year also marks twenty-five years since the publication of the last book of Ted’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!"