Ringo Starr will adapt 'Octopus's Garden' as a children's book(Read article summary)
Starr's book will be illustrated by children's books illustrator and author Ben Cort.
Ringo Starr is asking a few more people to join him in that octopusâs garden.
Starr is taking the Beatles song â one of the few that Starr wrote and sang for the group â and turning the idea into a childrenâs book. The picture book is planned for an October release in the UK and a January 2014 release in the US and will be published by Simon & Schuster.
The book will be accompanied by a CD, which will contain a never-before-heard portion of music by Starr. The text will be illustrated by children's book illustrator and author Ben Cort.
âIt gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopusâs Garden,â Starr said in a statement. âPeace and Love, Ringo.âÂ
Simon & Schuster publishing director Ingrid Selberg said in a statement that the book was very special to her personally because of her love of the Beatles.
âBy bringing Ben Cort on board we have arranged the perfect marriage of a truly child-friendly text, based on Ringo's popular song, with illustrations that revel in the imaginative opportunities presented by the lyrics,â she said. âThis a a beautiful and funny book that children, parents and grandparents will love sharing.â
Starr reportedly got the idea for the song when he was on board actor Peter Sellers' boat and the ship's captain told him how octopi construct gardens by using rocks and other shiny things that they find on the ocean floor.
This isnât Starrâs first foray into the world of childrenâs entertainment. Heâs also recognizable to children and parents of the â90s for his role as the narrator on the childrenâs television series âThomas the Tank Engine & Friendsâ from 1984 to 1986. Later he took on the role of conductor on the TV show âShining Time Stationâ from 1989 to 1990, with his character telling the other actors stories about Thomas and the other trains.
Ringo is also publishing a book called "Photograph" this month. "Photograph" features never-before-seen photos of the Beatles taken by Starr.