Hooray for Horton! A new collection of stories by Dr. Seuss will be published by Random House on September 9th, Horton and the Kwuggerbug and more Lost Stories.
The four stories include early incarnations of The Grinch and Horton, which will come out in a picture book for the first time. They were originally printed in the 1950’s Redbook magazine.
Charles D. Cohen, Dr. Seuss scholar and collector, tracked down copies of the magazines that published Seuss. “For the most part, those magazines were tossed out when the next month’s issue arrived and the stories were largely forgotten,” Cohen writes in an introduction to the new collection.
He call the four stories “fresh encounters with old friends and familiar places.”
Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories, shows the helpful, friendly Horton duped into carrying an insect for the promise of a tasty beezlenut tree – which turns out to be out of reach. The Grinch, universally known for stealing Christmas, is his usual devious self, convincing a creature called the Hoobub to buy a piece of green string that he says is more valuable than the sun.
Random House Books for Young Readers writes: “This follow-up to The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories features familiar Seussian faces and places — including Horton the Elephant, Marco, Mulberry Street, and a Grinch — as well as an introduction by renowned Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen. Seuss fans will learn more about Horton’s integrity, Marco’s amazing imagination, a narrowly avoided disaster on Mullbery Street, and a devious Grinch.”