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Jason Segel will pen series for kids

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(Read caption) Jason Segel is currently starring in the CBS comedy 'How I Met Your Mother.'

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Comedy star Jason Segel is turning his attention to children’s books.

“The Muppets” and “How I Met Your Mother” star Segel has signed a deal with Random House Children’s Books for a three-part series titled “Nightmares!” that he will write with author Kirsten Miller. The books will be aimed at a middle-grade audience.

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“Both scary and funny, NIGHTMARES! is an adventure story about a group of kids who realize it’s up to them to save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world,” the statement from Random House read. 

“Ultimately, it’s a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try,” Segel said of his books in a statement. “These are the types of stories that always inspired me.”

 The first book in the series will hit shelves in the fall of 2014.

The idea first took the form of a script, according to CBS News, but Segel then decided to turn the storyline into a book series.