What Pet Should I Get?
What Pet Should I Get?

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Series: Beginner Books(R)   

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Annotation: A boy wants all of the pets in a pet store but he and his sister can choose only one.
Catalog Number: #178446
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 40
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-525-70735-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4066-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-525-70735-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4066-1
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2015011701
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Out of a (probably magical) box stashed in his (probably gadget-filled) office comes this posthumous offering from the mighty Mr. Geisel. Sharp-eyed readers will note the brother and sister pet hunting here are the same duo seen in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (1960). This story is more plot-driven, with the kids eager to choose a pet, but they must do it by noon and only pick one. At first, the choice looks simple: a dog or a cat, right? But parrots are nice, and so are rabbits. And what about fish? When the children start thinking about "a new kind of pet" (one with stiltlike legs and a bush of red hair), it seems likely they will leave empty-handed. But the good doctor offers a perfect ending: the children exit with a cardboard box, only the pet's eyes visible. Readers can choose! The amusing, mostly rhyming text doesn't scan as well as Dr. Seuss' best, and the full-color art sometimes feels minimal, but there remain plenty of pleasing moments. An eight-page author's note discusses the story's origins and reminds kids that it's better to rescue a pet than get one at a shop. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: New books by beloved authors, dead or alive, get attention. For adults, the most fascinating aspect will be the author's note: how many decisions need to be made to get a 55-year-old manuscript ready for publication!
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 More than 20 years after Theodor Geisel's death, a newly unearthed Dr. Seuss book hits the shelves. Discovered in 2013 by Geisel's widow and his assistant, the completed manuscript and accompanying sketches were found in a box containing some of the legendary picture book creator's doodles and notes. Written sometime in the late 1950s or early 1960s, the tale very much reflects the culture of its time: two white siblings go to a pet store and struggle to answer the titular question. The children encounter a menagerie of real and fantastically Seussical animals. The pair bound exuberantly through each spread as they debate the merits of each creature. The rhyme scheme bounces along merrily for the most part, with the exception of a verse concerning a "yent" in a "tent," where the pattern shifts awkwardly, though it picks up steam again with the next page turn. While there is no visual adult presence in this book, readers learn that "Dad said we could have one./Dad said he would pay" and that Mother would not like a "thing on a string" that "would bump, bump into the wall!" A repeated spread depicts four potential pets holding up a banner that reads, "MAKE UP YOUR MIND." There's an ambiguous ending, and readers are left to wonder what pet the siblings finally bring home. Though the discovered manuscript included only black-and-white sketches, this finished work features the deep aqua, sunshine yellow, and vibrant red that were hallmarks of Seuss illustrations of the time period. Random House's Cathy Goldsmith, who was the designer and art director for many of Geisel's titles, worked to capture just the right palette; the good doctor would have been pleased. A note from the publisher reveals a bit of the anxiety associated with publishing a text written more than 50 years ago, "when it was common for people to simply buy dogs, cats, and other animals at pet stores. Today animal advocates encourage us to adopt." Additional back matter includes anecdotes about a young Ted Geisel and his love of dogs, candid photos, and the story behind the discovery of this volume. VERDICT More nostalgia-inducing than groundbreaking, this picture book offers Seuss fans many familiar touchstones: jaunty rhymes, nonsense words, and the signature artwork beloved by generations of new and emerging readers. Kiera Parrott , School Library Journal
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Word Count: 621
Reading Level: 1.9
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 1.9 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 175736 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD350L
Guided Reading Level: K
Fountas & Pinnell: K

Pick a pet with Dr. Seuss with this bestselling and silly tail of cats, dogs and more!

A dog or a cat? A fish or a bird? Or maybe a crazy creature straight from the mind of Dr. Seuss! Which pet would YOU get? A trip to the pet store turns into a hilarious struggle when two kids must choose one pet to take home... but everytime they think they see an animal they like, they find something even better! Perfect for animal lovers and Seuss lover alike, this book will delight readers young and old.

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.

The cat?
Or the dog?
The kitten?
The pup?
Oh, boy!
It is something
to make a mind up.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss himself, Beginner Books are fun, funny, and easy to read. These unjacketed hardcover early readers encourage children to read all on their own, using simple words and illustrations. Smaller than the classic large format Seuss picture books like The Lorax and Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, these portable packages are perfect for practicing readers ages 3-7, and lucky parents too!

“Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.” –President Barack Obama

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