Good news, Dr. Seuss fans!
Seven rarely-seen stories from the beloved author will be published in a new book that is to be released this fall.
Dr. Seuss' art director, Cathy Goldmith, found the stories on eBay, which were being sold by a dentist who just happened to be a huge collector of "Seussiana."
She met with Charles Cohen, along with Random House VP and publisher Kate Klimo, and discovered just how big of a fan he really was. She said:
"His house was literally bursting at the seams with Seussiana: plush, toys, beer trays, puzzles, and a wide range of ephemera. Not only that, Dr Cohen was a fount of Seuss information, history, and theories about Ted's artistic process. In short order, we had contracted Cohen to write what would become The Seuss, The Whole Seuss, and Nothing But the Seuss. Published in 2003, it was a nearly encyclopaedic look at Ted's career. But through it all, Charles always wanted to compile the stories he had found in various magazines."
The book, titled The Bippolo Seed, is described as "the literary equivalent of buried treasure," adding:
"These stories were published during what could arguably be called Dr Seuss's most fertile creative period, a time that would yield both Cat in the Hat and Grinch, a time when his theories about how to reach children through rhyme, rhythm, and a resonant combination of nonsense and sagacity, were coming into full bloom. The stories are as good as anything in the already-published canon and readers of all ages are in for a treat."
So cool! These stories are sure to be a treasure. Can't wait to read these hidden stories.