The corporation that holds the intellectual property rights to Dr. Seuss’ works said on Wednesday that new books written and drawn by an inclusive collection of up-and-coming authors and artists will feature previously unpublished sketches of Dr. Seuss’ amazing animals.
Diverse Artists To Write And Illustrate New Dr. Seuss-Inspired Books
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced the new book line on the birthday of the late author, and it would feature new stories based on pictures from the author’s archive at the University of California, San Diego.
Exactly one year ago, Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodor Seuss Geisel, and his family’s firm stated it will discontinue publishing six Dr. Seuss titles due to racist and offensive pictures. This decision was met with both criticism and admiration.
An Asian character in “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” is depicted with a conical hat, chopsticks, and a bowl. Two African males are depicted in “If I Ran the Zoo” wearing what might be grass skirts and having their hair tied above their heads; they are barefoot. The other novels that had this problem were “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quiz.”
The New Authors And Illustrators Will Come From a Wide Range
According to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, the new authors and illustrators will come from a wide range of ethnicities in an effort to appeal to the widest potential audience of children and their parents. A spokeswoman for the company stated that senior management was unavailable for comment.
“We look forward to putting the spotlight on a new generation of talent who we know will bring their individual voices and style to the page while also pulling inspiration from the inventiveness and imagination of Dr. Seuss,” said Susan Brandt, President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
All of the books will be written by Dr. Seuss and published by Random House Children’s Books under the Seuss Studios imprint.
San Diego-based Seuss Studios claimed that in each of its new books, readers would find “the original Dr. Seuss sketch that acts as inspiration, along with a note from the authors describing how they were inspired, and their process.”
A cat-like monster with huge ears and a flock of hummingbirds with hooked beaks are among the depictions.