Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” gets a sequel

Category: Education/Family


Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

  1. jump at (something) / dʒʌmp æt / (idiom) – to accept or take with enthusiasm something that is offered

    He will jump at any opportunity to visit another country.

  2. daunting / ˈdɑːn tɪŋ / (adj.) – making people feel scared or worried; very difficult to do or deal with

    The professor gave his students a daunting task.

  3. esteemed / ɪˈstimd / (adj.) – highly respected or admired

    Everyone listened to the speech of the esteemed president.

  4. treasured / ˈtreʒ ərd / (adj.) – very valuable or significant

    Her grandmother’s necklace is her most treasured possession.

  5. canon / ˈkæn ən / (n.) – a collection of books or other works that is significant

    The library has the complete canon of English poetry.


Read the text below.

Dr. Seuss fans might find their hearts growing three sizes this coming holiday season with the release of a sequel to the 1957 classic children’s book “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

The new book picks up one year after the original, and like the first, teaches a valuable lesson about the true spirit of the holiday, Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books announced.

The sequel entitled “How the Grinch Lost Christmas!” is not based on a newly discovered manuscript by Seuss — whose real name was Theodor Geisel — but was written and illustrated by an author and artist with previous experience in the Dr. Seuss universe.

“One of the most asked questions we receive from Seuss fans of all ages is ‘What do you think happened to the Grinch after he stole Christmas?’” said Alice Jonaitis, executive editor at Random House Children’s Books, in a statement.

The original Grinch book has sold nearly 10 million copies in North America alone and like other Seuss books has been translated into multiple languages. It was made into a 1966 animated TV special narrated by Boris Karloff, a 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey and a computer-animated film in 2018 with Benedict Cumberbatch voicing the Grinch.

The new book, scheduled for release Sept. 5, is written by Alastair Heim and illustrated by Aristides Ruiz. Heim has written Seuss-themed books like “If I Ran Your School” and “I Am the Cat in the Hat.” Ruiz has illustrated the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library books for more than 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 in an email.

Working on the Grinch sequel was an awesome responsibility, Ruiz said via email.

“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,” he said.

This article was provided by The Associated Press.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.

Discussion A

  • The original Grinch book was made into a 1966 animated TV special, a 2000 live-action movie, and a computer-animated film in 2018. What classic children’s book in your country do you wish to have a live-action movie or a computer-animated film? Why? Discuss.
  • Do you think that all popular books should be made into a movie? Why or why not? Discuss.

Discussion B

  • Seuss has fans of all ages. In your opinion, what qualities make a writer appealing to fans of all ages? Discuss.
  • What children’s book in your country is enjoyed by children and adults? Do you like it too? Why or why not? Discuss.