Fans of Dr. Seuss can get excited as a sequel to 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' will be released this year

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Dr. Seuss fans mightiness find their hearts increasing 3 sizes this coming vacation play pinch nan merchandise of a sequel to nan 1957 classical children's book "How nan Grinch Stole Christmas!"

The caller book picks up 1 twelvemonth aft nan original, and for illustration nan first, teaches a valuable instruction astir nan existent tone of nan holiday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books announced Thursday.

The sequel entitled "How nan Grinch Lost Christmas!" is not based connected a recently discovered manuscript by Seuss — whose existent sanction was Theodor Geisel — but was written and illustrated by an writer and creator pinch erstwhile acquisition successful nan Dr. Seuss universe.

"One of nan astir asked questions we person from Seuss fans of each ages is ‘What do you deliberation happened to nan Grinch aft he stole Christmas?" said Alice Jonaitis, executive editor astatine Random House Children’s Books, successful a statement.


The original Grinch book has sold astir 10 cardinal copies successful North America unsocial and for illustration different Seuss books has been translated into aggregate languages. It was made into a 1966 animated TV typical narrated by Boris Karloff, a 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey and a computer-animated movie successful 2018 pinch Benedict Cumberbatch voicing nan Grinch.

The caller book, scheduled for merchandise Sept. 5, is written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz. Heim has written Seuss-themed books for illustration "If I Ran Your School" and "I Am nan Cat successful nan Hat." Ruiz has illustrated nan Cat successful nan Hat’s Learning Library books for much than 2 decades.

"All passim penning nan story, I couldn’t afloat judge that I was really getting to play successful nan astonishing imaginative sandbox Dr. Seuss created each those decades ago," Heim said successful an email.

A page from nan caller book "How nan Grinch Lost Christmas!" is pictured above.

A page from nan caller book "How nan Grinch Lost Christmas!" is pictured above. (Photo/TM & © 2023 Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P., All Rights Reserved, via AP)

Working connected nan Grinch sequel was an awesome responsibility, Ruiz said via email.

"When I heard of nan opportunity to beryllium a portion of this project, I jumped astatine nan chance only to find that it was difficult and daunting to attack adding to aliases expanding specified an esteemed and treasured portion of nan American Christmas canon," he said.


In nan original, nan Grinch tries to ruin Christmas for nan group of Who-ville by making disconnected successful nan mediate of nan nighttime pinch each nan worldly trappings and sumptuous nutrient of nan holiday.

When nan Whos stitchery to singing connected Christmas morning, nan Grinch realizes that nan vacation is not astir toys and feasting, but astir joyously celebrating pinch family and neighbors and arsenic Seuss wrote, nan Grinch's "heart grew 3 sizes that day."

In nan sequel, nan Grinch wants to show really overmuch he loves nan vacation by winning Who-ville’s Christmas Crown pinch nan astir spectacular Christmas character ever seen, according to Dr. Seuss Enterprises.

But erstwhile his scheme goes awry, nan Grinch turns into his old, cold-hearted self, until his friend Cindy-Lou Who, reminds him that Christmas is not each astir winning.

Geisel, who died successful 1991 astatine property 87, authored dozens of books, including "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat successful nan Hat."


Some of his activity has been criticized successful caller years because of racist imagery that successful 2021 prompted Dr. Seuss Enterprises to cease publication of six books, including "And to Think That I Saw It connected Mulberry Street" and "If I Ran nan Zoo."

But his activity remains popular. Forbes mag classed him eighth connected a 2022 database of nan highest-paid dormant celebrities, pinch $32 cardinal successful earnings.