This is an interesting month in the world of literature. On July 28, 2015, a new Dr. Seuss book will be released. What Pet Should I Get, Believed to have been written between 1958 and 1962, the book is based on manuscripts that Dr. Seuss’s widow discovered while cleaning up his office shortly after his death in 1991 and then rediscovered in 2013. Dr. Seuss’s former assistant and widow worked together to bring the book to life and make it available.
This is a wonderful gem of a book that will delight both seasoned fans of Dr. Seuss and new generations of readers. The release of this book has received a great deal of news coverage and Random House has undertaken a significant print of this title to meet certain demand. This book is sure to be a runaway bestseller for many months.
Nobody has influenced juvenile literature and the modern picture book like Dr. Seuss. However, and this is a big however, I am constantly dismayed at how consumers skip over modern children’s books in their quest to buy Dr. Seuss. The world of juvenile literature moves slowly. The classics, while very good, overshadow new releases that are just as good if not better than the familiar standards.
I have first-hand knowledge that the golden age of juvenile literature is now. The art, creativity and writing in today’s books is beautiful and important. We try to review and promote new books that are exceptional. You can see some of our favorites on both the review page and the blog. A big part of our business is selling the classic familiar books. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to sell the classics and even more happy that families are reading together.
I just ask that in your quest to buy more Dr. Seuss, look at other picture books that will be just as meaningful to the young readers in your life. If you’d like some recommendations, please email us and we’d be happy to help!