New books inspired by Dr. Seuss with the participation of various creators Lifestyle
Sketches of Dr. Seuss’ s fantastic creatures, which have never been published before, will see the light of day in new books to be written and illustrated by a broad group of future authors and artists.
The new line of books will include original stories inspired by previously unpublished illustrations taken from the author’s archives at the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Seuss Enterprises said in a statement on the deceased writer’s birthday.
The announcement came exactly a year after a campaign founded by Dr. Seuss’s family – whose real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel – announced it was suspending the publication of six of Dr. Seuss’s titles because they include racist and insensitive images, a decision which attracted both condemnation and praise.
In “And Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” an Asian man is depicted in a conical hat holding sticks and eating from a bowl. “If I Were Running at the Zoo” includes a picture of two barefoot African men dressed in grass skirts with hair tied over their heads. Other books affected were “McEligoth Pool,” “Beyond the Zebra!”, “Super Scrambled Eggs!” and “Cat Quiz.”
The new authors and illustrators will represent a variety of racial backgrounds to represent as many families as possible, said Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Company officials were not available for comment, a spokesman said.
“We look forward to focusing on a new generation of talent who we know will bring to the page their unique voices and style, as well as inspiration from the work and imagination of Dr. Seuss,” – Susan Brandt, President and General director of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the statement said.
Books under the banner of Seuss Studios and published by Random House Children’s Books will be aimed at readers aged 4 to 8 years.
“Dr. Seuss’ original sketch, which inspires each of Seuss Studios ’new books, will be included in the book along with a note from the creators explaining how they were inspired and their process,” the San Diego-based company said.
Images include a cat-like creature with huge ears and a series of multicolored hummingbirds with pointed noses.
The goal is to continue Geisel’s legacy, begun in 1957 with the release of Beginner Books at Random House, to inspire young readers and support writers and artists beginning their publishing careers, the company said.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises has not yet revealed the writers and illustrators who will be working on the new books because the contracts are still being promoted.
The first of the new books is expected to hit the shelves next year, and the goal is to publish at least two new books a year.
Dr. Suze’s books, such as Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat, remain popular more than 30 years after Geisel’s death in 1991.
Forbes estimates he earned about $ 35 million in 2021, making him the fifth-dead celebrity of the year. Roald Dahl is number 1, followed by Prince, Michael Jackson and Charles Schultz.
Geisel, who was born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, was №2 on the list in 2020 with a salary of $ 33 million. His books have been translated into dozens of languages as well as Braille and are sold in more than 100 countries.