Read Out Loud: WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
StoryMakers host Rocco Staino isn’t only great at interviewing award-winning kid lit creators. He’s great at reading books aloud too! Don’t let the suit and bowtie fool you; Rocco can get pretty silly, especially when he’s reading Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get?
What Pet Should I Get? was once buried treasure. In late 2013, Seuss’s wife Audrey and his assistant Claudia Prescott found an incomplete story titled, The Pet Shop, with 16 drawings and text. The story followed a brother and sister as they explored their options for purchasing a pet. If the duo from What Pet Should I Get? seem familiar it’s because you’ve seen Jay and Kay in Dr. Seuss’s One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get? was posthumously published in 2015.
KidLit TV’s Read Out Loud series is perfect for parents, teachers, and librarians. Use these readings for nap time, story time, bedtime … anytime!
ABOUT WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
What Pet Should I Get?
Written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss
Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
This previously never-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 pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?
ABOUT THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL (DR. SEUSS)
Dr. Seuss was born Theodor Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts on March 2, 1904. After attending Dartmouth College and Oxford University, he began a career in advertising. His advertising cartoons, featuring Quick, Henry, the Flit!, appeared in several leading American magazines.
Dr. Seuss’s first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, hit the market in 1937, and the world of children’s literature was changed forever! In 1957, Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat became the prototype for one of Random House’s best- selling series, Beginner Books. This popular series combined engaging stories with outrageous illustrations and playful sounds to teach basic reading skills. Brilliant, playful, and always respectful of children, Dr. Seuss charmed his way into the consciousness of four generations of youngsters and parents. In the process, he helped kids learn to read.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1984 and three Academy Awards, Seuss was the author and illustrator of 44 children’s books, some of which have been made into audiocassettes, animated television specials, and videos for children of all ages. Even after his death in 1991, Dr. Seuss continues to be the best-selling author of children’s books in the world.
ABOUT ROCCO STAINO
Rocco is the charismatic host of StoryMakers. A captivating and important figure in the book community, he is a retired librarian, a contributing editor at School Library Journal, a contributing writer at The Huffington Post, and the Director of the Empire State Center for the Book, which administers the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Rocco has interviewed such luminaries as Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, and Jean Craighead George.
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