Sunday 31 January 2016

What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss - book review

I'm pretty sure that there isn't a single person on this planet who can say that they haven't heard of the Dr Seuss, whether it's Green Eggs & Ham or The Grinch - you know who he is!

We recently had the chance to review the wonderful new book 'What Pet Should I Get?' which became an instant bestseller in the US last summer and it's bound to have the same effect here in the UK when it's released in February this year.

'What Pet Should I Get?' was originally written in the 1950s but it (both the text and illustrations) lay undiscovered until autumn 2013 when Dr Seuss's wife Audrey and long-time secretary and friend Claudia Prescott cleared out his office space.

The book is written in true Dr Seuss fashion with his iconic rhyming style. I always find that rhyming stories tend to capture C's interest most so he sat quietly listening and looking at the beautiful illustrations.

The story is about a brother and sister whose parents say that they can get a pet, so they visit the pet shop to try and decide what to choose. They go between animals like dogs, cats and fish but in true Dr Seuss style there is a little made up animal. There are a couple of repetitive verses too which I really like.

As much as I hate to ruin the end of a book, I can't not talk about the end of this one. It's left wide open for you to make your own conclusions. A really lovely way to finish.

At the very back of the book there are some photographs of Dr Seuss and a bit of an explanation of how the story came about.

Following the release of What Pet Should I Get?, HarperCollins will launch a year of major publishing initiatives which include relaunching eight classic Dr Seuss books. In March 2016, they will also be releasing Horton and the Kwuggerbug - a collection of four Dr Seuss stories that were first published in the 1950s in magazine.

What Pet Should I Get? is published by HarperCollins and it's available to buy on Amazon for £12.08.

(Disclaimer: We received this item for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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