In a summer where Jurassic Park reopened for business, Rusty Griswold returned to Wally World, and the Terminator made good on his promise to be back (again!), the most welcome return of all just might go to Brother and Sister. Those are the names given to the cartoon boy and girl in What Pet Should I Get?, a newly discovered Dr. Seuss book released on Tuesday, July 28.
The wide-eyed siblings with the alarmingly high hairlines are believed to be the same duo from Seuss’s 1960 classic One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. This shelved Seuss saga finds the kids trying to decide which pet to buy at their local pet store. They consider a cat, dog, bird, fish and the Seussian creature the “Yent” before ultimately leaving with a mysterious basket, the only clue to the contents two eyes peeping through the shadows.
Random House printed a generous 1 million copies of the lost classic, which concludes with an eight page essay on the story’s origins. Seuss’s widow, Audrey Geisel, found a nearly completed manuscript and uncoloured illustrations in a drawer of the late author’s personal effects, tucked into an envelope labelled “The Pet Shop.” Seuss had written alternate versions of the rhymes—up to five per illustration.
What Pet Should I Get? becomes the 45th Dr. Seuss book. The last book he published was 1990’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.