On September 5, 2023, Dr Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books will publish Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Lost Christmas!, an official sequel to the beloved holiday classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, which was originally published in 1957 and has sold nearly 10 million copies in North America alone. With this new story set in Who-ville, readers will finally get to know how the Grinch spent Christmas one year after the events of his big heist and will see if he has truly embraced the spirit of Christmas. The publication was announced by Judith Haut, EVP, Deputy Publisher, Random House Children’s Books, with Susan Brandt, President and CEO, Dr. Seuss Enterprises. The publication will be supported by a major marketing and publicity campaign, including opportunities for fans to interact with the Grinch character around the country.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Lost Christmas! marks the first time that Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Random House Children’s Books have expanded Dr. Seuss’s classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas! narrative. The new story begins one year after the Grinch stole Christmas from Who-ville. Eager to prove to the Whos that his heart has grown to love the holiday, the Grinch devises a plan to win Who-ville’s Christmas Crown by making the largest, most spectacular Christmas tree the Whos have ever seen! When things don’t go as planned, the Grinch’s heart turns ice-cold, and he threatens to leave Who-ville for good . . . until one small, special Who reminds him that Christmas is not about winning.
An uplifting follow-up to the timeless tale that has been at the center of Christmas festivities for more than 66 years, How the Grinch Lost Christmas! will bring new joy to Seuss fans young and old.
Featuring a foil-enhanced jacket and full-color illustrations rendered in the iconic style of the original, How the Grinch Lost Christmas! makes a splendid gift and is a must-have addition to Dr. Seuss libraries everywhere. This is a fully original story, written and illustrated in classic Dr. Seuss style by author Alastair Heim and artist Aristides Ruiz. Heim and Ruiz have contributed to Dr. Seuss publishing over the years, with Heim writing the “by the Cat in the Hat” books If I Had Your Vote, If I Ran Your School, and If I Were Saint Nick, as well as the board book I Am the Cat in the Hat, and with Ruiz illustrating the Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library books for over two decades.
Says Susan Brandt, President and CEO of Dr. Seuss Enterprises: “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is one of the most beloved holiday celebration books of all time. Adding to that legacy with a sequel is a process we have carefully considered, and we love what the author and illustrator have created. We feel it will be yet another heartwarming piece of Seussian literature that will help families around the world grow their hearts three more sizes as they celebrate the holidays for decades to come.”
Says Alice Jonaitis, Executive Editor, Dr. Seuss Publishing: “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?’ We are excited to finally be able to answer this question and have the magic of Grinchmas live on with this new book brought to life by Alastair Heim and Aristides Ruiz.”
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has become an annual holiday tradition for families and young children around the globe, with three blockbuster movies starring major names, including Jim Carrey and Benedict Cumberbatch, and several other books featuring the Grinch, including the recently published Dr. Seuss’s The Sounds of Grinchmas (on sale September 2021), which has already sold 200,000 copies. With 8.6 billion views of #Grinch on TikTok and a record sales year for How the Grinch Stole Christmas! in 2022, the Grinch has never been more popular.
Maria Correa, Associate Editor, edited the project for Random House Children’s Books.
Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Lost Christmas! is available for pre-order now.