Simon and Schuster Children’s Books has announced a publication agreement with Ringo 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 Ringo. 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 Ringo 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 Ringo’s composition to Cort’s illustrations. Ringo said in a press release, “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures ofOctopus’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.