Fans of Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” are getting an early Christmas surprise with a sequel to the popular children’s book.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Gets a Sequel
The 1957 classic book will be seeing an unlikely sequel that will take place one year after the original book. Just like the first book, it will also teach a lesson and share the true meaning of the holidays. The news was announced by Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books.
You might be asking “did they find an unfinished manuscript for the sequel?” That is not the case here. This is an original story written and illustrated by an author that has worked on books set in the Dr. Suess universe.
How the Grinch Lost Christmas
The new book, titled How the Grinch Lost Christmas, is written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz. Both of these authors have worked on Dr. Suess related works. Heim has written books such as If I Ran Your School and I Am the Cat in the Hat and Ruiz has illustrated the Cat in the Hat’s Learning books for over two decades.
“All throughout writing the story, I couldn’t fully believe that I was actually getting to play in the amazing creative sandbox Dr. Seuss created all those decades ago,” Heim said.
“Working on the Grinch sequel was an awesome responsibility,” Ruiz said. “When I heard of the opportunity to be a part of this project, I jumped at the chance only to find that it was difficult and daunting to approach adding to or expanding such an esteemed and treasured part of the American Christmas canon.”
The sequel will focus on the Grinch trying to showcase his love for the holidays by trying to win the Who-ville’s Christmas Crown with the most amazing Christmas tree ever seen. But his plan fails and he turns into his old cold self and needs to be reminded of what Christmas is really about.
The book is set to be released on September 5. The author was ranked eighth by Forbes in 2022 on the list of the highest paid dead celebrities with $32 million in earnings. After this book, expect him to climb much higher.