What Pet Should I Get?

What Pet Should I Get?

by Dr. Seuss


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The #1 New York Times bestseller discovered just a few years ago is now available in the Beginner Book format!

What happens when a brother an sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can't pick just one! Featuring the kids from One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and told in Dr. Seuss's signature rhyme, this beginning reader takes a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it's hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it! A great gift for young Dr. Seuss fans and animal lovers, it's perfect for reading aloud or children learning to read by themselves.

Discovered 22 years after Dr. Seuss's death, the unpublished manuscript and sketches for What Pet Should I Get? were previously published as a 48-page jacketed hardcover with 8 pages of commentary. This unjacketed Beginner Book edition features the story only.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553524260
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 07/28/2015
Series: Classic Seuss Series
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 225,722
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile: AD350L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 7 Years

About the Author

THEODOR SEUSS GEISEL—aka Dr. Seuss—is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. From The Cat in the Hat to Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, his iconic characters, stories, and art style have been a lasting influence on generations of children and adults. The books he wrote and illustrated under the name Dr. Seuss (and others that he wrote but did not illustrate, including some under the pseudonyms Theo. LeSieg and Rosetta Stone) have been translated into thirty languages. Hundreds of millions of copies have found their way into homes and hearts around the world. Dr. Seuss’s long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s Pool, If I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys, and a Peabody.

Date of Birth:

March 2, 1904

Date of Death:

September 4, 1991

Place of Birth:

Springfield, Massachusetts

Place of Death:

La Jolla, California


B.A., Dartmouth College, 1925; Oxford University (no degree)

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What Pet Should I Get? 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Scorpio54 More than 1 year ago
As soon as I heard about this book, I preordered it. I am not disappointed. The artwork is wonderful and the rhymes are seussical - what a treasure! I think "Anonymous" missed the point (entertainment). Instruction and learning the value of life should come from parents, not children's "learning to read" books. The end notes inform the reader (parent) that the book is no way an endorsement of pet stores and that Theodore Geisel was a life-long lover of dogs. A must-have if you love Dr. Seuss!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an opportunity for another cherish moment with you children
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Should You Get Dr. Seuss’s Newly Discovered Book? July saw the release of new books from two beloved authors. While the focus has been on Harper Lee’s new novel, I was most curious about the new Dr. Seuss book. (We can discuss what that says about my literary tastes later.) Having gotten to read What Pet Should I Get?, I feel fairly certain it should have stayed unpublished. It’s not a bad book, but it certainly won’t be remembered as one of his better books. The story follows a brother and sister who are sent to a pet store to pick out one new pet. The brother, our narrator, immediately wants a dog, and his sister wants a cat. But the more they begin to look around, the more choices they see. What will they wind up taking home? The plot really didn’t surprise me based on the title. I just wasn’t sure if it was going to feature real animals or animals straight from the imagination of Dr. Seuss. The answer is…yes. Eventually, the book does feature two imaginary creatures, but most of the book does focus on real pets. And that’s part of the problem. Those two imaginary animals almost feel forced into the story. If Dr. Seuss was going to follow his flights of fancy, it would have been a much larger part of the book. Instead, it felt like it was just there to fill pages. The book does rhyme, but it doesn’t flow like the best of Dr. Seuss’s books. Some of the rhymes did feel forced, and other lines feel like they are changing the rhythm mid-book, something he never did. The illustrations are classic Dr. Seuss, however. They are the one thing that really does shine. For that reason, I suspect that kids will still enjoy this book even if it doesn’t hold nearly the same appeal to adults. But let’s discuss the ending. It leaves the final choice the children make open. I’m sorry, but when you ask a question in the title, shouldn’t you answer it in the book? That bothered me. The book ends with several pages about Dr. Seuss, his pets, his career, and his work habits. It talks about how he’d go through 1000 pages making sure everything was perfect before he was happy with it every time he wrote a book. It also points out how similar the children are here to the ones in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, and theorizes that this book eventually morphed into that one. All this leads me to the conclusion that he knew this wasn’t his best work and he never would have wanted it to see the light of day. Now, I’m not saying it is horrible. I’m not condemning anyone for publishing it or buying it. I’m just saying it’s really average. So back to my question in the title. Should you get What Pet Should I Get? If you have young children who love animals, they might get a kick out of it. But if you are only curious, I’d go to the library to read it.
1purple1 More than 1 year ago
jmcgarry More than 1 year ago
Note: Some reviewers would try to do their review in the style of Dr Seuss. To respect his memory, I won't even try. This summer, two books were released that had the same characteristics. Both were by well-known best-selling authors, both were long-lost manuscripts, both were written in the 1950's. But while one book, Go Set a Watchman, was released with hype not seen since Harry Potter, this book was released with much less fanfare. According to the back of the book, the manuscript of this book was discovered in a box of papers by Dr Seuss' daughter. Dr Seuss, who died in 1991, had apparently started the project, then put it away. The estate of Dr Seuss decided to finish the project and publish it, with much less controversy than Go Set a Watchman. The main things that needed to be finished were the illustrations, which had limited notes from Dr Seuss. Using his other books written about that time, the illustrations were finished, and the book was published. There isn't much of a plot to this book, but I don't think anyone really expects much of a plot in a Dr Seuss book. Two books of his that were turned into feature films, Cat in the Hat and Grinch, needed to pad the story quite a bit to stretch it to 2 hours. Even the TV specials needed to add music sequences to get a respectable length. I wonder what would happen to this book on TV. At any rate, the plot, such as it is, revolves around a brother and sister who go to the pet store. Dad has promised to pay for one pet, but no more. Mom said to be home by noon. When the kids get to the store, they fall in love with all the pets. They can't decide. "We need to pick one, or else we may wind up with none!" *Spoiler alert* At the end, they pick a pet and go home. Dr Seuss doesn't say which pet they pick. All we see is a pink basket with two eyes peeking out. The back cover has four animals, each with a check mark next to it. It's an invitation for the kids to pick their own and discuss why. The publisher notes that this book is a product of its times )the 1950s). Back in the 50s, kids went to a pet store to pick out their pets. Today, it is recommended that kids go to an animal shelter to adopt a rescue. The publisher even supports this, but left the book as Dr Seuss wrote it. A second thing that makes this a product of its times. The kids are sent to the store by themselves, with the only instruction from Mom to be home by noon. The parents aren't in any of the illustrations, so I assume they're at home (or in the case of Dad, at work. This was the 50s, after all.) This brought to mind the parents in Maryland who let their kids walk home 2 miles from school. They were charged with child neglect and had their kids taken away from them. Even when I was in school, walking home was nothing. As I said, this book is a product of its times. The book notes that the kids in this book look exactly like the kids in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. The book wonders if this book could have been prep work for One Fish. We'll never know. All in all, another great book by Dr Seuss. If you have kids, read this along with them. Ask them what kind of pet they would get. As for me, I had a Chihuahua mix, Waldo growing up. Right now I live in an apartment that doesn't allow pets, so I haven't even thought about it. I may revisit this in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We ordered this book as a gift for our 5 year old grandson and were completely disappointed in it and returned it to B&N. Does not have any of the verse or quality of the numerous Dr. Seuss books we and our kids treasure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointed. The decision to get any pet is not a rush/rush, hurry/hurry activity. Making decisions takes time, thought and understanding of consequences which is particularly important with the decision to get a living creature. So they got a pet hurry/hurry. The ending is weak and not a good lesson for kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I bought it for my grandchildren. I really enjoyed the write-up about Dr. Seuss in the back.
bluespruce7597 More than 1 year ago
My grandsons like this book. But as an adult, I would guess Dr. Suess was not done editing this book. It's not up to the standards of his older books. Spoiler alert: I do like the ending, when he allows the reader to decide what pet the children decide to buy.