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Probably the last Dr. Seuss book, Horse Museum is a trot through art’s equine history

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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum, copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises (2019), Illustrations copyright Andrew Joyner (2019)

Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Geisel, died in 1991 but today, Random House is publishing the latest – and most likely last – of his books. Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum is a book about the role of the horse in art history, and has been developed from one of two manuscripts discovered at the artist’s home in 2013, the other being What Pet Should I Get? published in 2015. Working from sketches and illustrations by Geisel, Australian illustrator Andrew Joyner has completed the unfinished artwork to accompany the author’s original text, for a final visual outcome the publisher describes as “both subtly Seussian and wholly his own.”

The illustrated book follows an equine tour guide through the museum, showing full-colour photographic reproductions of famous horse artwork by Pablo Picasso, Alexander Calder, Rosa Bonheur, Jackson Pollock and others. There’s also cameos from iconic Dr. Seuss characters such as the Cat in the Hat, the Grinch and Horton the Elephant. It also celebrates art in a wider context and aims to translate it for young readers.

A publisher’s note at the end of the book explores Dr. Seuss’ fascination with modern art and features information about each of the artists and art reproductions in the book. “We’re so excited to give [readers] an inside look at how Ted (Geisel) thought about art, and how he viewed the world – which was with a creative eye, and a passionate belief in imagination,” says Susan Brandt, president of Dr. Seuss Enterprises, in a statement. “This new book will not only entertain as only Dr. Seuss can, but is sure to inspire conversations about the countless ways we each view the world around us. We happily expect that many children will be asking, ‘What do YOU see?’ after sitting with this latest creation by Dr. Seuss.”

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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum original sketch, copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises (2019)

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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum final artwork, copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises (2019), Illustrations copyright Andrew Joyner (2019)

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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum original sketch, copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises (2019)

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Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum final artwork, copyright Dr. Seuss Enterprises (2019), Illustrations copyright Andrew Joyner (2019)