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Ringo Star to publish Octopus's Garden as children's picture book

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It seems Ringo Starr would like to be in an octopus’s garden in the shade once more. Simon and Schuster Children’s Books has announced a publication agreement with legendary singer-songwriter-drummer Ringo Starr for a children’s book edition of his famed song, “Octopus’s Garden.” Marking the 45th anniversary of the song’s creation, the picture book is to include a CD containing a narration of the story plus an original, previously unheard song from Starr. Aliens Love Underpants illustrator Ben Cort is set to illustrate the book.

The song “Octopus’s Garden” was initially inspired from a trip in Sardinia that Starr took on Peter Sellers’ yacht in 1968. The song then appeared on The Beatles’ Abbey Road in 1969. The book version takes its inspiration from the song’s playful lyrics, matching Starr’s composition to Cort’s illustrations. The former Beatles member said in a press release, “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus’s Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo.”

Octopus’s Garden will be released as a hardback edition including CD in the UK on October 24. The book is scheduled to hit North American shelves January 2014.

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