Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Dr. Seuss is Back with a Brand New Book of Original Stories

While we lost a national treasure when acclaimed children's book author Theodor Seuss Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss) died in 1991 at the age of 87 children and parents still treasure the 43 illustrated books for kids that he authored.  Actually you can make that 44 as Random House is releasing a brand new book of original stories from Dr. Seuss on September 9, 2014 titled HORTON AND THE KWUGGERBUG AND OTHER LOST STORIESHorton and the Kwuggerbug and Other Lost Stories is a compilation of short stories feature beloved characters and settings that many of us will remember from other classic Dr. Seuss children's books that were originally published in during the 1950s in the magazine Redbook and than forgotten about.  Random House recently rediscovered these magazine features that were written and illustrated by Dr. Seuss and is sharing them with the world through the publication of this new book.

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and Other Lost Stories is a compilation of four short stories that were originally published in Redbook magazine and than largely forgotten about:  "The Hoobub and the Grinch", "How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town", "Marco Comes Late", plus "Horton and the Kwuggerbug." 

 TM & copyright © by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2014 from Horton and the Kwuggerbug by Dr. Seuss

Marco Comes Late is based on the imaginative child from And To Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, which was Dr. Seuss's first children's book published in 1937.  This short story explains why Marco ends up being late for school one day.

Photo: TM & copyright © by Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P. 2014 from Marco Comes Late by Dr. Seuss

Mulberry Street is featured in another of the short stories collected in this new book How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town.  This story about a vigilant police officer takes place on Mulberry Street.

The Hoobub and the Grinch is a precursor to the 1957 book Grinch Who Stole Christmas that was published after this short story had already been circulated by Redbook.  It isn't the same Grinch that we are all familiar with from the holiday story but the two grinches share some thoughts about a hatred for mindless consumerism.

Horton and the Kwuggerbug tells the tale of how Dr. Seuss's popular elephant character confronts a crafty and manipulative insect.

We've read Dr. Seuss more times than I can count to our children and it will be nice to add some new content to our children's library with some brand new stories to read at bed time now.  It is nice that these are original works from Dr. Seuss and not someone writing an "inspired by" Dr. Seuss story.  Horton and the Kwuggerbug and Other Lost Stories are obviously a must-read if you have young children in your house. The book is available through Random House's website for $15.00.

Dr. Seuss apparently had features appear regularly in Redbook between 1950 and 1955 and Random House in 2011 already published seven of these short stories in a book titled The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories.  So you may want to keep your eyes out in the near future as there may be additional collections of Dr. Seuss stories rediscovered from this Redbook treasure trove and published by Random House for people to enjoy.


  1. Very cool. We love Dr. Seuss in our house too! We'll have to check out his "new" stuff :)

  2. Very nice! I love Dr. Seuss books.

  3. Looks like we have a new book to add to our Dr. Seuss collection, thanks!

  4. Awesome!!! This is great news for my Dr Seuss lovin' family!! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so cool! I'll be looking for this book for sure!

  6. No way! I love Dr. Suess! Def. looking for this one.