Grinch sequel releases 66 years after original release

Matthew Yates, Reporter

 Dr. Seuss has been a staple of childhoods all over the world. He has written classics such as “The Cat In The Hat” and “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” both of which are very famous and successful. “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is particularly special, as it has had countless adaptations over the years.

   Many thought that there would never be a sequel to the book, but they were all taken by surprise when the book “How The Grinch Lost Christmas” released. The book follows the titular character after the events of the first book, with The Grinch trying to prove to the residents of Who-Ville that he has really changed.

   Fans of the original were upset at this news because they believe that “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” didn’t need a sequel and find it odd that one released 66 years after the first one came out. Though it bears Dr. Seuss’s name, it was not written by him considering that he has been dead for 32 years.

   “How The Grinch Lost Christmas” was written by Alastair Heim. He was given permission to write the book by the Seuss family, as long as he put Dr. Seuss’s name on the cover of it. Many people found this action odd and believe the choice was made purely to profit off of Dr. Seuss’s legacy and peoples childhood memories of The Grinch.

   People also found it weird that the Seuss family didn’t write the book themselves, spawning several theories that Dr. Seuss had always used ghostwriters, people who are paid by an author to write a book for them without being given acknowledgement, for a long time. While there is no definitive proof of those claims, many authors in the past have used ghostwriters as a way to save money, so the theories do hold some ground.

   “How The Grinch Lost Christmas” has been given fairly decent ratings, but many believe that the rankings are based purely on nostalgia and that they hold no weight. Still, it may be worth looking at if people enjoy Dr. Seuss’s works because this may be the beginning of a new generation of children reading his books.