LOST DR SEUSS STORIES TO BE REVEALED
A smooth-talking Grinch and a new adventure for the helpful elephant Horton feature in four largely forgotten Dr Seuss stories that will be collected for the first time this autumn.
“Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories,” out from Random House Books in September, brings together four of Seuss’s little-known tales published in Redbook magazine in the 1950s, but never released as picture books. In the title story, which dates to 1951, Horton – previously known for his efforts to rescue the Whos – is tricked into helping a tiny, insecty sort of creature who promises him: “I know of a Beezlenut tree where some Beezlenuts grow”. Horton takes the Kwuggerbug across a river and up a mountain, “while the Kwuggerbug perched on his trunk all the time / And kept yelling ‘Climb! You dumb elephant, Climb'”.
In 1955’s “The Hoobub and the Grinch,” the Grinch is just as much of a con artist as Seuss’s later, Christmas-stealing version. He tells the Hoobub a piece of string is worth far more than the “dangerous” sun. “When the sun gets too hot, it can broil you like fat! But this piece of green string, sir, will NEVER do that! This piece of green string is colossal! Immense! And, to you … well, I’ll sell it for 98 cents!”
The collection, which will come with an introduction from Seuss expert Charles D Cohen, is completed with two stories which date from 1950. “Marco Comes Late” returns to a character Seuss introduced in his 1937 debut “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.” “How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town” recounts how disaster on Mulberry Street is narrowly averted. “For the most part, those magazines were tossed out when the next month’s issue arrived and the stories were largely forgotten,” writes Cohen.