Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind? What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
I WANT A PET, I WANT A PET.
WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?
Mom says go ahead, but Dad says be done by noon.
It's not much time to make such a truly weighty decision.
At first the brother and sister think inside the box. Dog... or ....cat? But once at the pet store, with talking birds, monkeys, burbling fish, and bunnies, it seems an impossible decision.
I SAW NEW KINDS. THEY WERE GOOD, TOO.
HOW COULD I PICK ONE?
NOW WHAT SHOULD WE DO?
WE COULD ONLY PICK ONE.
THAT IS WHAT MY DAD SAID.
BUT HOW COULD I MAKE UP
THE MIND IN MY HEAD?
They consider the merits of each logically, but then, in true Seussian fashion, their fanciful sides take over and they move on to consider more exotic animalia.
What about a yent? Could he live in a tent?
SOMETHING IT IS TO MAKE UP A MIND!
Mrs. Geisel recently re-discovered a box with odds and ends from her husband's old office she had gathered up after his death. Inside, along with sketches and doodled story ideas, was this story, in a form called a dummy, complete blackline drawings, with typed text cut and pasted in place on each page, for some reason put aside when Theodor Geisel turned to another story of siblings and critters, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. (I Can Read It All by Myself) (Random House, 1960.)
So now we have another classic tale, with Seuss-inspired coloration, Theodor Seuss Geisel's just-published What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) (Random House, 2015). But also in true Seussian form, the good Dr. cannily doesn't reveal what pet the kids get!
IT IS A TEASE TO LEAVE US STUCK WITH THIS QUESTION.
PLEASE, MIZ SEUSS, DO COME UP WITH THE NEXT ONE!