Trendy Tuesdays- What Pet Should I Get?

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Recently, Dr. Seuss’s widow found a never before seen manuscript in a box of her late husband’s belongings. After bringing it to the attention of his publishers, it was finished and published for everyone to see. What Pet Should I Get? follows two siblings, believed to be the same ones from Red Fish Blue Fish, who arrive at a pet store and cannot decide what pet to buy. They are drawn to different animals, unable to agree or decide on one. The ending is somewhat ambiguous and surprising, but the work is clearly indicative of Seuss’s famously fun and simple rhymes. Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 3.43.54 PM

The book is believed to have been written around 50 years ago, which was decided after analyzing the style of his artwork and the characters and creatures he decided to use, like the Yent. While it might not be his most groundbreaking work, it is still interesting to peer into Seuss’s head one last time.

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Many lines and themes repeat, making the plot simple but somewhat distracting to follow. The siblings are attracted to each pet that they see, but can never agree on the same one. The ending is not very clear, but I assume that is because it was never finished by Dr. Seuss and the publishers didn’t want to end it in a way that he did not intend.

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While this is a genuine Seuss book, it is definitely not the strongest book to use when teaching about him and rhymes. The story is silly and leaves a lot to be desired. In all, it is intriguing simply due to the fact that it was published posthumously, but it is not the best Seuss book, and definitely not the one that he should be remembered for.

 

-Tyler Knickerbocker

 

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