What Pet Should I Get? is the newest (old) Dr. Seuss tale. Apparently this story had been hiding in a closet somewhere in the Seuss home, only to be uncovered a few years ago. This is a (mostly) original Seuss book, thought to have been written around the same time as One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish and it was released this summer.
I received a copy fresh off of the press and brought it home gleefully to my tiny bibliophile. She had tons of fun rolling around with it (literally) and quietly studied the pictures while I read the story aloud. Here are our thoughts:
Paisley’s favorite part: Doggies and kitties! Paisley is currently in an animal phase, so this book couldn’t have come into our lives at a more perfect time.
Mom’s favorite part: This book moves FAST. Not that I’m necessarily in a rush to finish book time, but it’s always good to know that in later times, when 5,000 books are requested before bedtime, that this book will get us through in record time.
Baby-friendliness: This is not a board book. Other than for the purpose of taking pictures for the blog, I’m not going to willingly hand this over to my baby. She’s a paper eater. Enough said.
Mom-friendliness: I don’t know how to put this delicately, but this is honestly an incredibly mind-dulling story. I know they say it’s a Seuss book, but there is a lot that seems very un-Seussian, including repeated page illustrations, asynchronous rhymes, and a very anti-climactic ending. Again, it goes fast and you can pretty much read this book on auto-pilot. But for all the hype, I wasn’t impressed.
Recommendation: There’s nothing wrong with this book, per se. It’s a cool addition to the Seuss lover’s bookshelf. I might give it as a gift to a mom or toddler that I don’t really know what else to get for. We give it three out of five stars.
Conclusion: Dr. Seuss? Check. Classic story? No. I don’t see this being one of those books we wear the pages out of. Unless, of course, I accidentally leave it within Chompy’s (aka Paisley’s) reach one day.