‘How the Grinch Lost Christmas!’ sequel to Dr. Seuss classic
Dr. Seuss fans will find their hearts growing three sizes this holiday season with the release of the sequel to the classic 1957 children’s book How the Grinch Stole Christmas maybe.
The new book picks up a year after the original and, like the first, teaches valuable lessons about the true spirit of the holiday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books announced Thursday.
A sequel titled “How the Grinch Lost Christmas!” It was not based on Seuss’s newly discovered manuscript (whose real name was Theodor Geisel), but was written and illustrated by an author and artist with previous experience in the world of Dr. Seuss.
“One of the most common questions I get from Seuss fans of all ages is, ‘What do you think happened to the Grinch after he stole Christmas?'” Random House Children’s Books executive editor Alice Jonaitis said in a statement.
The original Grinch books have sold approximately 10 million copies in North America alone and, like other Seuss books, have been translated into multiple languages. In 1966, Boris Karloff was in charge of the narration TV animation, in 2000 a live-action movie starring Jim Carrey, and in 2018 Benedict Cumberbatch was in charge of the voice of the Grinch A computer animation movie was produced. rice field.
Due for release on September 5th, the new book is written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz. Heim has written Seuss-themed books, including “If I Ran Your School” and “I Am the Cat in the Hat.” Ruiz has been illustrating books for the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library for over 20 years.
“During the entire time we were writing the story, we couldn’t believe that we would actually be able to play in the amazing creative sandbox that Dr. Seuss created decades ago,” Haim said in an email. I got
Working on the Grinch sequel was a great responsibility, Lewis said in an email.
“When I heard of the opportunity to participate in this project, I jumped at the opportunity, but adding or expanding such a respected and cherished part of the American Christmas canon is difficult. , I found it daunting. .
In the original, the Grinch tries to ruin the people of Whoville’s Christmas by leaving at midnight with all the important decorations and fancy food of the holiday.
As the Whos gather to sing on Christmas morning, the Grinch realizes that the holiday is not about toys and treats, but about having fun and celebrating with family and neighbors, and, as Seuss wrote, the Grinch’s “hearts come in three sizes that day.” I have grown to.”
According to Dr. Seuss Enterprises, in the sequel, the Grinch wants to show how much he loves the holidays by winning Who-ville’s Christmas crown with the most spectacular Christmas tree he’s ever seen. increase.
But when his plans go awry, the Grinch turns into his old and ruthless self until his friend Cindy Lou Who reminds him that Christmas isn’t all about winning.
Geisel, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, authored dozens of books, including “Green Eggs and Ham” and “The Cat in the Hat.”
Some of his work is the racist controversy that prompted Dr. Seuss Enterprises to stop publishing six books in 2021, including “I Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If You Run the Zoo”. It has been criticized in recent years because of its image. “
However, his work remains popular. Forbes magazine has ranked him eighth on its list of the highest paid celebrities who have died in 2022.