Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt might be gone, but her cheerful legacy will live on in the form of a children’s novel.
Little, Brown Books has announced that The Legends Of Greemulax, the fictional book that Kimmy writes near the end of the series, will become an actual children’s book. It tells the story of a boy and a girl who live in a magical world and must go on an epic journey to rewrite the rules of the land so both men and women can be equal again.
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The book strives to teach young children about sexism and equality and will be released in April, which is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. NBCUniversal announced that they would be making a donation in support of Prevent Child Abuse America in recognition of the book’s release.
The book will be co-written by children’s author Sarah Mlynowski. It is available for pre-order now.
You may know Dolly Parton as a record-breaking country musician (and sequin enthusiast). At age seventy-three, she’s still gorgeous and iconic as ever, making news with her recent appearance in YA adaptation Dumplin’ and her possible BTS collaboration. What you may not know is that she’s been a philanthropist for decades now. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a charity providing free books to children in order to encourage intellectual development and a lifelong love of reading.
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DPIL has provided over two decades worth of books to deserving children regardless of family income. Founded in 1995, the program mails free, “high-quality” books to children from the moment they leave the womb to the moment they step foot in their first classroom. While the program was initially only available in Sevier County, TN—where our beloved Dolly Parton is from—the charity gained national recognition. By 2003, the program had given children around one million books. The program is now international, operating in Canada, the UK, and Australia. As of today, Dolly’s vivid imagination has brought the Imagination Library to Ireland.
Before he passed away, my Daddy told me the Imagination Library was probably the most important thing I had ever done. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me because I created the Imagination Library as a tribute to my Daddy. He was the smartest man I have ever known but I know in my heart his inability to read probably kept him from fulfilling all of his dreams.
Inspiring kids to love to read became my mission. In the beginning, my hope was simply to inspire the children in my home county but here we are today with a worldwide program that gives a book a month to well over 1 million children.
It’s been quite a journey but we have so much more left to do. I would love for your community to join our family so please take the time to explore our website. Let’s share this dream that all children should grow up in a home full of books.
The charity may have started off as a figment of Dolly Parton’s imagination, but this dream has seriously come true. Since its founding, DPIL has distributed over 100 million free books to children… and that number will only continue to grow as children in Dublin register to receive their free books.
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As DPIL launched in Ireland, Parton urged parents to enroll their children: “I know there are children in Ireland with their own dreams… the seeds of these dreams can often be found in books, and the seeds planted in a community can grow across the world.” All children under the age of five in Dublin 24 now have access to the program—and its free books! The program has ambitious goals: 21,600 books for 3,200 children within the first year. After that, Irish program coordinators hope the program will spread throughout the country.
Interested parents can register their young readers at www.cdi.ie/imaginationlibrary!
You’ve probably heard of Mike Pence, the current United States Vice President best known for his stance on conversion therapy and LGBT+ rights. (To summarize, his stance on the last one is no.) His lesser-known achievements include the impressive and clever naming of his pet bunny, Marlon Bundo. One of the most important things to know about Bundo is that he’s more insta-famous than you are, and he’s used his fame to establish a political platform. “This is Harley after being swamped by a wave of liberal tears,” Bundo’s Instagram said in a post including a photo of brother and co-conspirator Harley, Pence’s dog, freshly damp from a bath. Not only is Bundo the first rabbit to take a ride in Air Force Two, he’s also the first rabbit to write a children’s book: Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice President.
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The second most important thing about Bundo, if you were wondering, is that he’s named after bisexual actor Marlon Brando. And the most important thing of all is that he’s the homosexual protagonist of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo, a competing children’s book from the mind of late night TV host John Oliver and comedian Jill Twiss. The story depicts Bundo’s struggles as he seeks to marry male bunny Wesley—and the competing book’s release date was set to just one day before Pence’s original would hit the market. Take a wild guess which book was the bestseller.
While the showdown took place in May 2018, a more recent controversy has arisen. Before getting into the details, let’s examine the content of the book: Bundo struggles with his feelings for male bunny, Wesley, in a cute and endearing tale devoid of any sexual content—and, surprisingly, devoid of any serious satire. (Of course, the book’s title and release date are already the satire.) The publisher, Chronicle Books, reported that the book is not a “straight-up” parody (maybe because there’s nothing straight about it). Instead, it’s a story “about marriage equality and democracy.”
“This is a real children’s book. This isn’t some adult book telling Mike Pence to go f##k himself,” Oliver stressed. “Although, in buying it, that’s exactly what you’d be doing.”
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Today, a first-grade teacher is under fire for reading the book to students. Parents’ complaints have been varied, including concerns that the book had not been pre-approved by the school district. Others complained that the book contained age-inappropriate content. “It’s not something that should be in an elementary school,” one parent responded. “That’s for me to decide at home—what I want to teach my child and what I feel they are able to handle.”
For some parents, the concern was not the maturity level of the content—it was the content itself. “Noah comes home one day and asks us if it’s OK for two male bunnies to get married,” one man commented. “I said, ‘By our beliefs, no.'”
Until the investigation is complete, the Seminole County School District is unable to comment on any possible repercussions.
“It’s all about sisterhood, whether it’s blood sisters like Barbara and me, or friends or colleagues like y’all,” Hager told her “Today Show” co-anchors while making the announcement. “We had so much fun working on it together.”
Their new book, illustrated by Ramona Kaulitzki, follows a young girl’s ever growing bond with her baby sister. While her baby sister can’t do much at first when she arrives, the two eventually become inseparable.
If you’re into fantasy films, or historical films, or any films, you probably a fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth. Typically, books get turned into films, but HarperCollins recently announced the opposite: a novelization of the Del Toro classic.
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The film came out more than a decade ago, so you may not remember the finer plot details, but I bet you remember the astonishingly creepy “Pale Man,” or, “Mr. Eyes-On-My-Hands.” *Cue hysterical screaming.*
If you managed to escape that image being burned into your retinas, consider yourself lucky—I’ll refrain from providing the visual, but if you’re brave, you can watch at your own risk!
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Once you get over the Pale Man, you can appreciate the film for its depiction of a dark, fantastic world that resembles something straight out of a Grimm’s fairytale. It tells the enchanting story of eleven-year-old Ofelia, who endures life with her mother’s new husband, the cruel, sadistic Captain Vidal. Throughout the film, she completes a series of tests, and comes ever-closer to rediscovering her true identity: a princess of the underworld.
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For those who love books, it’s often tempting to read a novel before seeing its film adaptation. In this case, though, the novel comes well after the film debuted. It will be co-authored by Guillermo Del Toro alongside Inkheart author, Cornelia Funke. The release date has been set for 2 July, 2019!
If you’re craving more films like Pan’s Labyrinth (and you’re down for a good scare) check out the film Del Toro described as Labyrinth‘s horror-genre companion piece, The Devil’s Backbone!