Oh, joy! Oh boy! Seven more Dr. Seuss stories? How is that possible? Theodor Geisel has been gone for many years! Well, a man named Charles Cohen, who is considered the premier Seussian expert in the land, sets out to find stories that Geisel might have printed in magazines in the 1920s and 1930s. He ended up with some bad information and dug even deeper, which yielded him some awesome finds.
The book, ‘The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories,’ is a collection of just seven stories most people alive today have never seen. Cathy Goldsmith, the vice president and associate publishing director of Random House/Golden Books Young Readers Group, purchased several magazines from Cohen after he put extra copies of the magazines he’d acquired for sale on eBay back in the late ’90s, early 2000s. She also visited Cohen, where she discovered that his home was literally a museum to all things Seuss.
So, why did it take more than a decade to for Random House to publish the forgotten stories? Well, first there was the matter of Theodor Geisel’s 100th birthday celebration, the “Seussentennial,” which Cohen collaborated on, and then came the 50th anniversaries several tales like ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas,’ and ‘Yertle the Turtle.’ He wrote the introductions to several of these stories, which meant putting the book of lost stories on the back-burner yet again.
But, now at long last, the time has come for the Bippolo seed to be planted in the heads of young and old readers alike. And these stories are significant, as they marked a time when Geisel was just starting to wear the cloak of Dr. Seuss. He had just realized that children learn to read better when they hear rhymes and funny sounds put together. And thankfully, he continued to write silly and entertaining stories for years to come.