“more than two decades after his (Dr. Seuss/T. Geisel) death in 1991, “What Pet Should I Get?” is being published. It’s happy news — first, because the book is…a very good example of his particular genius for distilling both the spirit of his times and the timeless mind-set of children. With its galloping anapests, cockamamie creatures and kids off on an everyday adventure that turns hallucinogenic, this late arrival will slip easily into the collection that changed how Americans learn to read”. (New York Times: Mario Russo)
This newest picture book, by Dr. Seuss, published posthumously, is a must to complete your collection of works by this favourite author. The manuscript was discovered in 1991, shortly after Grisel’s death, but not published until 2015. This book was probably written between 1958 and 1962 and features the same characters as are found in “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish”. And, there are some similarities in theme between the two books. In “What Pet Should I Get?”, the two children are facing a common childhood decision-making experience and go through all the agonies of trying to weigh the pros and cons of choosing from various pets. The final illustration is sure to challenge children to offer their opinions…we see the brother and sister leaving the store with a basket but we can’t determine the creature inside, only its two round curious eyes are visible.
This classic would be an excellent introduction, for any elementary classroom, for discussions on decision-making (e.g. choosing a class pet; deciding on a gift, etc), or for providing supportive evidence for opinion; as a story starter; or, as a lead into persuasive writing.