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‘Octopus’s Garden’ Brought to Life in Ringo Starr’s Children’s Book
By: Amber Harvey

For those who think that today’s children aren’t getting enough Vitamin Beatle, Ringo Starr has plans that will bring the magic of an old Beatles classic to an entirely new generation of readers.

The Fab Four drummer, along with publisher Simon and Schuster, has announced a worldwide publication agreement that will see the Beatles hit song “Octopus’s Garden” turned into a children’s book, says an official press release (via

Illustrated by Ben Cort, whose previous work includes Aliens Love Underpants, “Octopus’s Garden” will be published in hardback, with a CD that includes an original, previously unheard track from Ringo, and a reading of the story.

“It’s an honor to publish such a music legend,” stated Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books in the official press release.  “The pairing of Ringo’s whimsical lyrics with Ben’s charming illustrations is a perfect fit.  We’re happy to bring the magic of this song to a whole new generation of readers.”

It has been 45 years since Starr composed Abbey Road’s “Octopus’s Garden” when vacationing on funnyman Peter Seller’s yacht in Sardinia in 1968.

Ringo gave the following message to fans regarding the news of his book deal: “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.”

To see what else Ringo is up to these days, check out the former Beatle’s website.

What other Beatles’ song would you like to see as a children’s book?  Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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