What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss)

What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss)

A #1 New York Times bestseller!
This previously never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one! The tale captures a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it!
Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.
An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process, and the discovery of the manuscript and illustrations for What Pet Should I Get?


  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: AD200L (What's this?)
  • Series: Classic Seuss
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (July 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553524267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553524260
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (983 customer reviews)
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  1. 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 Having gotten to read What Pet Should I Get?, I feel fairly certain it should have stayed unpublished.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.Read more ›

  2. Decision time and an adventure is on for Kay and her brother…Dad said that they could only pick one pet and they must be home by noon! So many pets to choose from including a monkey, a turtle, fish, a bird. a rabbit,a dog or a cat. But wait, there is one more and that one is so colorful and big…. the yent!! Decision time is here and both of the children are absolutely ‘wide-eyes’ while trying to select one. They even discuss the size of their house and think that perhaps a tall pet might fit better. It truly is ‘something to make a mind up’ and DR. Seuss illustrates perfectly the process of trying to select the right pet in this book. There are lots of parts in making a decision …especially when one has to be home by noon!~

    The book rhymes, of course, and the drawings are bright and colorful. I really liked the yent as I kept thinking about where in the world would he stay? Of course, in a ‘tent’!. Wonderful rhymes and delightful creatures that are sure to entertain the little ones in your family.

    Another DR. Seuss book has been found 24 years after his death in 1991 and this one is also a treasure for the little ones….as well as some adults. I took a trip down Memory Lane when I ordered this one. I kept thinking about the older Seuss books I read to my nephew in the 1960’s. ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ is the first one that comes to mind. Lots of rhymes and silly characters for a young mind to explore. This one is cut from the same cloth but emphasizes the decision making process that little ones must learn in life…

    Theodor Seuss Geisel aka DR. Seuss graduated from Dartmouth College in 1925. In 2012 Dartmouth College named their medical school after DR. ‘Seuss’ and his wife (Geisel Medical School). I think he would be most pleased with this honor..

    Most highly recommended for children and adults alike.. The publisher recommends this book for ages 3 – 7 and P – 2.

  3. Here’s a book, we were told, it’s the best, you should stock up,
    Well I read the whole thing, and instead it’s a mock-up;
    It takes place long ago, in the gold Postwar Manner,
    And those kids, if alive, are today Gramps and Nana;
    They visit a pet store with money they saved,
    But poor Dr. Seuss, he must spin in his grave!

    They consider some pets, very few in this city,
    There are cats, there are dogs, there are puppies and kitties,
    There are fish, and some birds, but only two creatures:
    the fantastical kind Suess’s mind once did feature.

    And that’s almost all! No Sneetches or Snitches,
    No Gobble-Dee-Goobers or Horses with Britches,
    Even real ones are few — no mice who like herbals,
    No hamsters, no Robos, no birds who are verbal,
    (Not even one tiny little gerbil!).

    The book up and stops! There should have been many,
    Today there’d be hedgehogs, and Pigs from dear Guinea,
    Iguanas and snakes, and scorpions too,
    And maybe some rats or a well-groomed Degu.

    So avoid this book — there just isn’t enough
    Of whimsey or page count — neither is up to snuff —
    Today’s kids need parents to take them in tow
    To the Pet Super Store — Oh, the things you must know!

  4. I bought 4 of these for great grandchildren…and am so glad I did. They all were excited to receive them. Immediately started leafing through the pages. Delivery was quick, condition was perfect in each case, and even the parents are happy that we participated in this historic event. Thank you.

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