It's Dr. Seuss' birthday on Saturday, March 2nd and he's left us one more surprise. Another unfinished picture book has surfaced from the Seuss closet (the last one was What Pet Shall I Get?) titled: Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum. The manuscript was found alongside What Pet Shall I Get? and while the text was complete the illustrations were not. So Seuss's publisher, Random House, brought in Andrew Joyner to finish the job.
Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum explores how we see the world in different ways. A horse acts as tour guide for a group of students visiting an art museum, looking at works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence, Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder, among others. The story is playful and imaginative, and as with all of Seuss's books, timeless. Encouraging kids to broaden their perspective and see the world in new ways--we couldn't have asked for a better theme if Seuss was writing today.
Here is a sample of how illustrator Andrew Joyner used Seuss's original sketches to create the interiors for Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum (click images to view larger):
Original sketch left by Dr. Seuss:
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Andrew Joyner's illustration from the finished interior of Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum:
Here's a little trivia to go along with this exciting announcement: according to Cathy Goldsmith, the last executive at Random House who worked directly with Theodor Seuss Geisel, when Seuss was alive and delivering a new book to the publisher he would bring it into a conference room at the Random House offices and read it aloud for the collected staff members. How great must that have been!? Goldsmith herself is overseeing the completion of Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum, and having spent time with Seuss while he worked on Oh, the Places You'll Go!, she is the perfect person to take this on. There will also be material in the back of the book that tells readers about Seuss's interest in modern art, information on the art and artists featured in the book, and more.
We'll have to wait until September 3rd for Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum but cheers to Dr. Seuss! Thanks for leaving us one more book and happy 115th birthday!
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