Cat In the Hat fans will soon be able to get to know Gustav the Goldfish, the Zinniga-Zanniga, and other Dr. Seuss characters not seen since the '50s. The stories were discovered in old magazine pages offered for sale by a Massachusetts dentist and collector of the beloved children's author's work, NPR reports. A Random House exec traveled to his home, signed him up to write a book about Seuss, and jumped at the chance to publish the lost stories he had compiled.
Random House plans to publish The Bippolo Seed and other Lost Stories this fall. An exec describes it as "the literary equivalent of buried treasure," dating from the doc's most fertile creative period, when he wrote The Cat In the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, and other favorites. "The stories are as good as anything in the already-published canon and readers of all ages are in for a treat," she says.