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A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! 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 illuminateA never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! 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!Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s creative process, his interest in animals, and Seussian creatures throughout his work....

Title : What Pet Should I Get?
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ISBN : 9780553524260
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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What Pet Should I Get? Reviews

  • Deanna
    2018-12-17 16:47

    My nieces were over last weekend and they brought this book with them. My daughter and I both enjoy Dr. Seuss books. My daughter read it to the girls and later when they were busy, I had a look at it myself. So apparently this is a never-before-seen Dr. Seuss book published in 2015. They say it was likely written somewhere in the late 1950's to early 1960's. Brother and sister, Jay and Kay are off to the pet shop to pick out a new pet. There are dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys and of course many other new and exciting animals to choose from. As the deadline approaches (they have to be home by noon), Jay and Kay struggle with which animal to choose. It shows how it can be really hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! “Oh, boy! It is something to make a mind up!”I can imagine as a child how things would go if I had been given the option of picking out the new family pet. I honestly believe it would take me FOREVER to pick which animal I wanted. I can't even imagine if on top of that both my brother and I had to agree on an animal. I'm pretty sure that after a certain amount of time my father would have yelled something like "FINE, You guys can't stop arguing, now there will be NO PET at all" and then he would storm out of the store. My nieces really enjoyed the book and my daughter enjoyed reading it to them. Although my daughter and I both agreed that it wasn't a favorite. Something seemed a bit different and I was a little disappointed at the ending. I really do wonder why it wasn't published all those years ago. I guess we will never know for sure. I don't think it was an awful book. But for me it was no Cat in the Hat, The Grinch who Stole Christmas, Green Eggs and Ham or any of my other favorites. However, I think any lover of Dr. Seuss may want it for their collection. 2.5 stars

  • Carmen
    2018-11-24 15:02

    This book was unfortunately published, even though Dr. Suess was dead. You know you're in trouble on the first page, where the 'rhyme' consists of three uses of the word 'pet' and one 'get.' We also have a lot of repetition, likeDo you know what she didShe said, “FISH!FISH!FISH!FISH!It may be a fish is the pet that we wish!”Come on, now. o.OThe subject matter is lame, the pets the kids imagine are lame, “I will do it right now. I will do it!” I said.“I will make up the mind that is up in my head.”The dog...? Or the rabbit...?The fish...? Or the cat...?I picked one out fast, and then that was that.You've got to be kidding me with this shit.Tl;dr – Why would you besmirch Suess's memory with this crap? UGH.I love Suess books. LOVE THEM. This falls short of the mark. AVOID.Ages 0-6.

  • Trish
    2018-12-09 11:00

    The latest (last?) book by Dr. Seuss. Apparently the manuscript and art work were discovered only in 2013 by a friend of the author. It wasn't good enough to be on the same level as my beloved holy trinity (Horton Hears A Who, The Grinch That Stole Christmas and The Lorax) but it is still a very good book and obviously aimed at a younger audience. The topic however is timeless and very important - typical Dr. Seuss. What I liked particularly is that in the afterword the publishers mention the difference between 50 years ago, when the story was written, and nowasays (what with pet stores then and animal shelters now). I'm also happy to read that they don't support puppy mills and ask the readers to go rescue an animal instead if they choose to get a pet. It is definitely something the author would approve of. Moreover, there were some nice photographs of the author, his first wife and some of the dogs he had during his lifetime that went together with some background information of what pets meant to the author.The artwork itself is by Theodore Seuss Geisel as usual but he never coloured it and some of the rhymes lack a word or two that were filled in by the team. However, I only know that because of the information in the afterword so they did a pretty good job. I'm glad they chose to publish this manuscript because it's a topic that was still missing in the canon but has a deep connection to the author and his private life and should be important for any parent/child!

  • Laura
    2018-12-07 15:47

    I’m not a huge Dr. Seuss fan, but I do have a favorite or two or three. One particular green, grouchy guy to name but one will always have a place in my holiday fun. I really enjoyed this newly discovered gem though.What Pet Should I Get? is classic Seuss. A calling card style filled with colors, creatures, rhymes, and animals. Plus that ending! So Seuss perfect! What do you think they picked out?A must for Dr. Seuss fans and a reading joy for all.

  • Kelli
    2018-12-12 10:40

    We are a Dr. Seuss family. We have almost every book and fact, my son was reading Green Eggs and Ham to me earlier today. I simply cannot say enough about the genius of Dr. Seuss. Unfortunately, this "new book" is instead a very rough draft that was apparently abandoned early on only to be picked up now, fooled with extensively and published. Each Dr. Seuss book is a beautifully polished masterpiece with a cadence and story that appeals to children of all ages. Most teach a lesson or make an important commentary...all encourage children to read, dream, imagine, think, aspire. What embodies all things Dr. Seuss is woefully absent here. This draft would be better served in a museum.

  • Gerard Villegas
    2018-12-12 17:48

    What pet should I get? I'm afraid to say with regret That this undiscovered manuscript Has put good writing into The Apocalypse. Just as it did with Harper Lee The rhythm of the words have been Wiped with a squeegee.For the writing is too simplistic With very little substance, too narcissistic. But alas, kids will overlook these faults And remember Sneetches, Whos, and some other schmaltz, For this book that is simply okay To read tomorrow or even today, So put on a face and be brave And let Dr. Seuss turn over in his grave.

  • Archit Ojha
    2018-12-02 18:53

    All the animals are great in their own places. You can't complain it is fit for this not that. They are amazing the way they are. And that lands us and our protagonist to the little confusion. What pet should he get then?

  • Lisa
    2018-11-21 17:02

    Bought this today for my six year old daughter. She loved it! :)

  • Alexandra
    2018-12-09 11:54

    What?! Cute enough but that ending? Really? Come on!

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-29 14:49

    The whole family is reading all these Goodreads Children's Illustrated book nominees for 2015 and rating all of them. This is #16 for us.So they found a "lost" and unfinished Seuss book to add to the canon, which is already large and impressive. But why is it this comes out now? Is it one of the best ever? Even a just okay Seuss is better than most books out there, as you'd expect, and we liked it fine, but did not feel it stood up there with the best. If it was one of the best, it would have been "discovered" when he was alive. He would have put it out there and finished it. A cash grab? Maybe not just that . . I thought it was good, not great. They worked hard to make sure it was up to Seuss quality visually, but it is still not as inventive as others.Dave 3 stars Tara 3 starsHarry (10) 3.5 starsHenry (9) 3.5 starsLyra (8) 4 starsThe younger we go, the higher the rating, which is good for the book's marketing because it is designed for younger readers.

  • Bram
    2018-11-24 14:37

    A great find in the wake of the Harper Lee debacle. That said, some of the rhymes are uneven and I suspect the good doctor might have a bit of polishing in mind before it hit the shelves. Still, any new Dr. Seuss is an exciting thing for our collective inner child.

  • McLean
    2018-11-19 12:37

    Despite how it is being promoted, this is not really a newly discovered lost Dr. Seuss book. It is a partially incomplete rough draft that Seuss discarded without having gotten it to a point that he felt was worth trying to publish, with gaps filled in by the publisher. It is perhaps fascinating from an academic perspective. We usually only get to see Seuss's final products, full of whimsy and imagination, coupled with his flawless command of rhyme and rhythm. This book reveals to us just how much work went into his writings, as this early draft is entirely devoid of whimsy and imagination, and on a technical level is shockingly poor with regards to rhyme and rhythm. Even the worst Seuss pastiches tend to have better rhythm to them than this work does. Seeing how little of his characteristically perfect word-craft is present in this early draft demonstrates just how much hard work Seuss put into revising his work. This book is a demonstration of the importance of hard work in writing. With a concentrated effort, with many many pages revised and discarded and reworked, you get something like "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." Without that work, you get something like this.

  • Jeannie
    2018-11-23 11:56

    I read this with my great niece who is 3, she like it. Not my favorite book by Dr. Seuss but it was cute.

  • Kayla Edwards
    2018-12-04 17:00

    Thrilled beyond all reasoning to have another Dr. Seuss book! The day I found out it was going to be released I started squealing at the dinner table. Bless my poor family, they laughed at my outburst and went right on with life (because I don't regularly squeal over books or anything like that...). This is definitely the message for me - we have so many options in this world and no one can make a decision for you, hence that infuriatingly appropriate ending. As with all of the works by this brilliant author, I highly recommend for anyone who breathes oxygen.

  • Laura Harrison
    2018-11-22 10:39

    Most everyone in the book community is thrilled that a new Dr.Seuss book has been published. Mr. Geisel probably would have spent several more months tweaking the story but What Pet Should I Get is pretty well polished. It is definitely the voice of Seuss although the "make up your mind" message is a little rough and you are hit over the head pretty well with it. For goodness sake-it is a pair of siblings being brought to a pet store with a myriad of amazing animals and asked to choose one animal (or fish) asap. The illustrations are classic Seuss and the color schemes are probably spot on or quite close to what Geisel would have chosen. I liked the mystery ending quite well. The additional info on Theodore Geisel is quite wonderful and may encourage older children to want to read more about him. I hope additional Seuss manuscripts/arwork will be "discovered" in future years. New generations (and old) of children the world over deserve it.

  • Cathy
    2018-11-21 14:38

    This is really just for superfans. It's not that cute and the rhythm is that great, and this is coming from a huge animal lover, so I wss very inclined to love it if I could. It was a draft that Dr. Seuss didn't choose to finish, so it is what it is. The interesting part is the several page in the back that tells about Dr. Seuss's life and his writing process.

  • Sara Chuirazzi
    2018-11-23 17:04

    Dr. Seuss is SUCH a classic. Brought me back to my childhood! Felt particularly special given the experience I'm having this summer. A happy little read to end the work day with!

  • Glenda
    2018-11-27 19:01

    It's fun! It's great!While standing in queueTo read a Dr. Seuss bookThat is brand new!

  • Susan Crowe
    2018-11-26 18:42

    That ending though.........

  • Kevin McAllister
    2018-11-21 11:59

    Well worth the wait !

  • Emma
    2018-12-03 14:37

    I do not like it, Sam-I-Am :(

  • Matthew
    2018-12-12 13:00

    The library notified me that this book arrived yesterday and I immediately had to check it out and read it immediately. This is the book that started this whole exploration of reading Dr. Seuss books. I didn't know this at the time but this book is receiving some minor controversies among the midst of Harper Lee's new book. I always thought this book was a complete original book by Dr. Seuss which technically it is correct. After Dr. Seuss death, his wife had a box full of drafts and other works of his that she didn't bother to touch and research until 2013. Between her and Dr. Seuss secretary they found this draft of basically a completed work. The only exception it wasn't complete to Dr. Seuss's standards which is months of works and revision. From experts who has worked with Dr. Seuss and with the publishing company could determine around what era was this book written and by having that data they can pin point the usage of color and words.During the late 1950s to early 1960s, Dr. Seuss was an over night success with "The Cat in the Hat" and because of that and the new publishing company established to help Young Readers made it a difficult time for him. What he would do is make countless drafts for new books but put them away for a later time to reworked them when he wasn't editing other books. When it comes to this book, he already had the illustrations completed without color, and had the rhyming words taped to the pages. Because of the rough draft is old and some of the words have fainted or unable to read, the publishing company had to use creative license and supplement the missing words. For the color schemes, since they knew the time frame of this manuscript, they were able to use the colors he used at the time and blend it in with our modern times to create this book.I believe between the illustrations, the color, and the story that they did a great job and honoring a man who helped children learn how to read and to use their imagination. What I don't like is they are selling this as an original story as if Dr. Seuss wrote a completely finished book and forgot to publish. From reading this book we get a huge insight as to how Dr. Seuss would spend months and months finding the right words, the right story, and the right illustrations to go into a children's book. He was a total perfectionist and didn't like to have his work incomplete before publishing it. I enjoyed this book and highly recommend others to check it out. What Pet Should I Get? deals with these two kids who are brother and sister who enter a pet store to pick out a pet. The narrator is the boy who is doesn't have a name and his sister name is Kay. At first he sees the dog and wants the dog and his sister sees a cat and wants a cat. They cannot pick which one to take because they want both but their parents told them only one animal. Taking care of an animal is a huge responsibility and most parents cannot afford more than one animal and I believe everyone can understand these kids predicament. As the story goes along they meet other animals and the mission of picking one out becomes difficult and time is of the essence since the kids need to back home by noon.That ending was a complete shocker and I got angry that since it is a short book, Dr. Seuss ended the book the way it did but thank the heavens that the publishers included the whole background story about this book in the final few pages to inform the readers about this spectacular book. If you would like to know the answer as to what pet the kids get then beware that I hid the answer in a spoiler. I'm being nice because I do not want people to be robbed of that ending of this great book.(view spoiler)[Even though Dr. Seuss doesn't tell you what pet the kids get, you do get the answer in another book. Dr. Seuss wants the child to use his imagination and to pick the answer but I hate that garbage because I love books to be concrete and not leave it for interpretations. Supposedly this book would later inspire One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish so the answer is the kids bought a fish. He uses the same kids in the other book so even though he never published this book in his lifetime, the animal he chose who be the inspiration for later works. Other people may argue and say they picked another answer which is partially correct but in my world I say it is a fish. I love dogs and I would pick them on as my first choice. (hide spoiler)]

  • Ronald Koltnow
    2018-12-04 13:39

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!I truth I was taken by the haunting ambiguity of this posthumously published work by Dr. Seuss. After several hours of agonizing over which animal companion should the two children bring home (it's a bit like Sartre's NO EXIT but with cats, dogs, birds, iguanas, and fish), the mystery of what is in the covered box is left unsolved (shades of WAITING FOR GODOT). Who are the parents who would put these children in such a quandary? Why must those domestic tyrants insist on only one animal companion? Seuss's existential puzzle leaves open more questions than it answers. This is a book I will revisit again, with more attention to the details of the art, which might contain hidden clues. As a reader, I should forget my own pro-cat prejudice and put myself in the position of the children. Great literature is all about empathy.

  • Skip
    2018-12-04 16:54

    I love Dr. Seuss, but was disappointed by this post-humus published work. It lacked the brilliant rhyming polish of the books published during his lifetime. Also, I was disappointed by the (view spoiler)[ambiguous (hide spoiler)] ending.

  • Lisa Howard
    2018-12-04 15:01

    Love it! So glad this new story was found and published!

  • R.
    2018-12-06 17:59

    A father decides to create enmity between his children and screw over his ex-wife by telling the kids that they can have a pet, but must decide together on one and do so for before noon because, I dunno, maybe that's when he has to get them back to their mom with, ha ha surprise honey, whatever the hell they choose (cat? kitten? dog or mouse? a fish, a flinkle, a nodder or pink-mottled slouch?) Whatever they chose - it's never revealed, the only clue is that it can fit inside a picnic basket, I'm guessing a kitten, because on the same final page a cat is staring, smiling out the window as if it is happy for its friend - remember, nothing makes a happier pet-owner or a happier pet than making that forever-home selection against a countdown clock.***Pleasant pictures of a pet shop a la Seuss - you can read this in two minutes at Walmart, you can read this to a slax, a pfennigor, a muckaluck or a moose. What you can't do is get those minutes back, no matter how you try; it would be much easier to slaff a nobrin or shlick her in the eye. Summary: Save your money, honey.

  • Joan
    2018-11-26 17:44

    I agree with a reviewer I read, perhaps for the New York Times?, in that there was a good reason Dr. Seuss never submitted this to his publisher at Random House. Her guess was that this was written right before One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish. I would say that is likely correct, since it has so many of the same characters. She guesses that Dr. Seuss realized that this book had a lot of pressure on the kids that tend to not be present in his most popular books. Stipulated, Green Eggs and Ham is full of pressure. But that is a bit atypical. In this one we have the boy worrying that their father had agreed to only pay for ONE pet. We have the boy worrying that Mom had said be home by noon. One Fish Two Fish is much more free flowing and open to adventure and fantasy. Other than the flight into creative pets, this book is solidly placed in the real world. Like Go Set a Watchman, this should have been for academic interest only. However, Dr. Seuss was a genius. Even this book is wonderful in its own way. It is by far from being a dud. It also is better work than many of his other titles. It simply is not anywhere near the top of excellence compared to the top Dr. Seuss titles.

  • Josh Newhouse
    2018-12-07 10:56

    This is not a published Dr. Seuss book to my mind despite the cover. I think they Harper Lee'd this book... It's lacking Seuss magic!

  • Linda
    2018-12-13 18:38

    I thought the rhyme was kind of awkward for a Seuss book. It was pretty boring. I think this one should have remained in the box it was tucked away in.

  • Hannah Paster
    2018-12-05 18:42

    In the slipcover front-flap of "What Pet Should I Get?" by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel), like in his recognizable fashion, a simple play on rhyme scheme summarizes the entire plot of the story: "every pet looks like fun, so how in the world do you pick just one? It isn't easy, but it can be done." In this work, oddly his most recent published in 2015, a boy character and a girl character ("Kay"), who are presumably brother and sister, venture into the Pet Shop to find only one animal-pet to take home. Their father has agreed to pay for this pet, and the decision between the children is exactly which pet to purchase and commit to. In the end it is never specified which animal the children choose but only (through images) that it fits in a picnic basket on top the boy's head and has two white eyes. The children leave the Pet Shop satisfied and happy, the quintessential "happy ending." The images within "What Pet Should I Get?" tell a story in themselves seeing how the story and it's drawings were published post-passing of Seuss. According to Cathy Goldsmith, art director under Seuss/at Rnadom House Publishers, the style of drawing the boy and girl are illustrated dates directly within the period of 1958-1962, era of "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish." In fact, the children are identical! They represent as children, the "common brother" and "common sister" characters, and only because of color printing alone I believe, are depicted as being caucasian. I feel as if the pages were not colored in the children would not have any affiliation to any race; color blind-casting in a way, and a way to stretch the story and it's images across many cultures. The images as well (such as the reoccurring "Yent" animal in Seuss's texts) are undoubtably Seuss's style which gives the entire story a feel of being "a classic." As for "isms" we've discussed in class, the boy and girl ("Kay") look like they'd be children within the middle class of society due to their father paying for whichever pet they pick. "What pet should I get?" in general could be criticized a s"first world"-like problem, meaning that only families that can afford a pet struggle with which one, out of the pet store's inventory, to buy. In addition, the children range their prospects in terms of size from fish to dog to Yent as big as a "tent." Who could afford to keep alive an animal as big as a Big Top-size tent? Not many families, that's who! On the same page the story shows boy and Kay's home and they obviously live on the second floor which, in it's imagery, carries weight in cost/status as well. The character voice, narrator, and and mood are once again, recognizably Seuss-like, causing old fans to fall in love with him even more (feel like his presence in the world isn't too far gone), and newer fans to get wrapped in.