Growing up, I always loved to read and write. I knew at a young age that I would strive to work in the English field. And here I am…still striving. As an English Writing Arts major at Plattsburgh State I find that I am always asked the same question: what made you want to be a writer?
I have noticed that for some of my peers this is a difficult one for them to answer. However, I know exactly what made me want to write: reading books by Theodor Suess Geisel. You know, Dr. Seuss! I thank my father for my love of Dr. Seuss. He began reading Dr. Seuss’s books to me at just two years old. To this day, he can recite any Dr. Seuss book out there.
I was an avid reader as a child but I never knew language could be played with in such a way. Dr. Seuss created his own words and the most fascinating rhymes. I found myself enticed by his style and I wanted nothing more than to write a book like one of his in the future.
As I was browsing the internet not too long ago, I read a few articles about new books that would be released by Dr. Seuss this year. As you all can imagine, I was ecstatic. I called my father right away and told him there would be new books for him to memorize.
It turns out, some manuscripts by Dr. Seuss were found back in 2013. Random House announced that it will be publishing four new Dr. Seuss books. The first of these four will be released on July 28, 2015. It will be called What Pet Should I Get? It also happens to tie in with another one of Dr. Seuss’s books we cannot forget, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, featuring the same brother and sister!
So, what do you all think? Are you excited to see what these new Dr. Seuss books will bring? Or, maybe Dr. Seuss was never really your thing at all. I know that I will be first on line at my local bookstore! I may not want to specifically write children’s books anymore but I still believe I owe it to Dr. Seuss for sparking my imagination. I will continue to support him.
Nicolette Marshall is a senior and the Poetry editor for ZPlatt. She hopes to one day be able to recite every single Dr. Seuss book just like her father one day.