Dr. Seuss has a new book out–50 years after he wrote it!

This has been the year of “found” manuscripts, or literary archeology, from Harper Lee’s sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird, entitled Go Set a Watchman to Dr. Seuss’s not-quite-finished-before-he-died, What Pet Should I Get?

Kids, Pets, Books: Dr. Seuss asks, What Pet Do You Want to Get? We answer the questions, What kind of dog or cat should I get? | Mims House Books


Dr. Seuss, or Theodore (Ted) Geisel, was supposed to have been working on the pet book before he died. It’s publication comes more than 50 years after it was written.

A brother and sister consider fantastical Dr. Seuss creatures until they decide to get a Yent, that sleeps under a tent. The characters are the same as in Seuss’s classic, One Fish, Two Fish. Random House says the new story was likely created about 1958-1962. One of our nationals most-beloved children’s book authors, Seuss’s book will find instant fans.

Seuss’s book will be joined with many other pet titles because the topic is perennial. Our own books, I Want a Cat and I Want a Dog emphasize responsible pet ownership. Cat and dog breeds are identified closely with certain behaviors. The stories use ten criteria to help kids decide which pet they want.

REVIEW: I Want a Dog

I Want a Dog: Book 1, The Read and Write Series. Dennis uses 10 criteria to choose a dog.Fred Kampo, President of the Labrador Retriever Club, represents the breed with the largest number of dogs, and he says, “I know how imperative responsible dog ownership is and Darcy does a wonderful job instilling this at an early age. This is a remarkable children’s book . . .”

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REVIEW: I Want a Cat

I Want a Cat, Book 2, THE READ AND WRITE SERIES. Cats, dogs and writing--these are fun mentor texts for reading and writing for the Common Core. This is quite simply as informative a cat book as any text out there. Each selected breed pinpoints the single most important trait to know about it before choosing a cat ‘purrfect’ for you. Although written from a child’s perspective, it makes clear sense to readers of all ages. As a cat lover and Maine Coon Cat breeder and enthusiast, I was thrilled with the spot on description and story of this beloved breed.
— Alexis Mitchell, Syracoon/Furensics, Maine Coon Cat Breed Council Secretary, Maine Coon Cat breeders of CFA

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THE READ AND WRITE SERIES: All writing lessons should be this much fun.

“. . .fill(s) a niche for teachers. . .” – School Library Journal 5/1/15

• “. . .breezy and engaging introduction to genre writing.”
• “The model essay can be used across multiple genres (informational and narrative nonfiction in addition to opinion).”
• “. . .useful for teachers showing early elementary students the relevancy, power, and importance of effective writing.”
Booklist 6/17/15