‘What Pet Should I Get?’ Smashes Picture Book Sales Records

When book shoppers asked themselves “what book should I get?” this week, many answered with Dr. Seuss’ What Pet Should I Get?. Now, the rediscovered children’s book is smashing sales records.

In just one week, the picture book has sold more than 200,000 copies. According to Random House, the book’s U.S. publisher, the book now “sits prominently among the fastest-selling picture books of all time.” For the publisher in particular, the book is a historic success: What Pet Should I Get? is now the fastest-selling picture book in the history of Random House Children’s. It also set a first-day children’s sales record at retailer Books-A-Million.

Random House knew they’d struck gold as soon as they found the book, calling it “the literary equivalent of buried treasure.” The original manuscript for the story sat undiscovered for decades. Experts believe it was written between 1957 and 1962, meaning that it was penned shortly after Seuss’ famous The Cat in the Hat. After Theodore Seuss Geisel (who used Dr. Seuss as a pen name) died in 1991, Audrey Geisel, the author’s widow, saved the manuscript in a box. The published version has been completed in Dr. Seuss’ trademark illustration style. As the title suggests, the story features children in a pet store deciding which pet to bring home.