Books Weekly News Digest- September 12th 2014

Books Weekly News Digest- September 12th 2014

Long-Lost Dr Seuss Stories Published In New Collection

A collection of four long-lost stories written by the infamous Dr Seuss. during the 1950s have been published this week by Random House. A few familiar characters make a return in ‘Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories,’ including the loveable elephant Horton and the cold, heartless Grinch. A brand new character, called Kwuggerbug, is a mean insect who torments Horton and forces him to bring him beezlenuts – a delicious dessert – in ‘Horton and the Kwuggerbug.’ In ‘Marco Comes Late,’ Marco makes up an extravagantly exciting tale to explain why he arrived very late to school. The Grinch lives up to his reputation in ‘The Hoobub and the Grinch,’ while ‘How Officer Pat Saved the Whole Town’ follows the story of an extremely paranoid policeman.

Dr Seuss, whose real name is Theodor Geisel, originally rendered the stories for Redbook magazine back in the 1950s. The author died in 1991, and it was collector and biographer Charles Cohen who helped publish the stories in book-form after discovering them in the Redbook magazine. He told Newsweek that this may be the last ‘lost’ Dr Seuss collection to be published, as there are copyright issues surrounding his other unpublished work.

Dr Seuss has a total of 46 published children’s books, including classics like The Cat in the Hat (1957), Green Eggs and Ham (1960) and The Lorax (1960). His books have inspired 11 TV specials, four TV series, four films and even a Broadway musical.

Click here to read a couple of short extracts from the new stories. You can also browse our range of Dr Seuss products here.

Authors To Write Books That Will Remain Unseen For The Next Century

Every year for the next 100 years, one author will write a book. The only difference is that these books will remain unseen from the public eye; instead, they will be part of a project created by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. The books will make up the ‘Future Library’ and will not be unveiled until 2114. Award-winning author and poet Margaret Atwood will write the first book, which will be stored along with the others in a secure room in Oslo’s Deichmanske library. Atwood said that she has purchased special archival paper to ensure the book doesn’t decay in its sealed box.

Click here to find out more about the project on Katie Pearson’s website.

‘Read On. Get On.’ Campaign Gets Underway

Save The Children’s ‘Read On. Get On’ campaign launched earlier this week, with the aim of tackling the ‘reading crisis’ among British children. Last year, one quarter of all children left primary school unable to read well, with the figure rising to two-in-five among poorer children.

If a child is unable to read at 11 years old, this can have a whole range of consequences in later years: they are likely to struggle in higher education and may find it difficult to get a good job. ‘Read On. Get On’ is a national mission to ensure that every child born this year can read well by the time they are 11 in 2025. The campaign is backed by numerous businesses, authors, parents, teaching professionals and charities across the UK.

Take a look at the National Literacy Trust’s website here to find out more.

Alan Moore Completes Million-Word Novel

Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has finally finished the first draft of a one million-word novel that he started back in 2008. Moore has previously joked that the book, called Jerusalem, would be so big that people would find it difficult to pick up. To put one million words into context: the thick paged classic, War and Peace, is approximately 560,000 long, while the Bible is around 770,000 words long. The story focuses on a small area of the author’s hometown of Northampton. In the book, Moore reflects on his family’s past, but true to the author’s form there are a few fantasy-twists to his tale.

Check out more of Alan Moore’s other work here.

The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards Writes Children’s Book

An unlikely author of a children’s book, some may say – but The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has paired up with his artist daughter Theodora to create the autobiographical ‘Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.’ The story is based on Keith’s grandfather, who encouraged him to pursue his passion for music. Keith, who also finds it funny that he’s become a children’s book author, said it was his publisher’s idea, who pitched the idea after realising that a chapter about his granddad in his autobiography would make a great kids’ book.

New Book Turns Black When You Read It

Ever heard of a book with a ‘time-limit’? Two artists, Camille Leproust and Andres Ayerbe, have created a book that turns black when you read it. The book is printed on thermal paper which heats and blackens as it is read; this means the reader has approximately four hours to finish the book before it turns completely black. The book will be part of an exhibition at the London Art Book Fair, which will run from 26-28 September.

Take a look at what else will be going on at the London Art Book Fair here.

Which stories were you most interested in this week?

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