In 2012, children’s author K.A. Applegate published The One And Only Ivan, a story about a gorilla named Ivan who lives in captivity in a mall. He teams up with an elephant named Stella and a dog named Bob to escape the mall and find a better life.
The book received positive reviews and was the winner of the Newbery Medal. A film adaptation is also in development by Disney, set for release in 2020.
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But before the release of the new film, Applegate will give us a sequel.
Entertainment Weekly reported today that a sequel novel, The One And Only Bob, will release next spring. All of the characters from the first book will return, but the story will focus on Bob the dog as he sets out to find his long-lost sister.
The official cover was also revealed:
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Applegate was very excited to write a story from Bob’s perspective:
“It’s been such a joy to spend more time with these three dear friends. I’ve had so many readers ask me to write a novel about Bob. He’s a great character: funny and loyal, if a bit rough around the edges. Turns out he has a tender side, too — and even a touch of hero in his heart.”
The One And Only Bob releases on May 5th, 2020. The film releases in August of the same year.
Shake your jazz hands and throw on your reading glasses because a new book about the ABCs of Broadway’s most famous actresses is heading to bookstores soon!
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Available for pre-order now, A Is For Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A To Z is the perfect picture book for your theater-loving child. This picture book showcases legendary entertainers in alphabetical order, and with the flow and charm of rhyming illustrates what the starlets’ are most known for. It’s the perfect book not only for children, but for Broadway enthusiasts as well!
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According to Broadway.com, the new children’s book from Doubleday Publishing, written by John Robert Allman and illustrated by Peter Emmerich, is scheduled for release on November 12th. With every sale of the book, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization helping men, women and children across the country and across the street receive much needed medication, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance.
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A book that spreads the fantastic achievements of Broadway’s actresses, and makes a literal difference in people’s lives? I look forward to this books opening night, November 12th.
Realizing that you have a terminal illness is a terrible thing, especially when you are a father. But one dad decided to make the most of it and leave his son a special gift.
Scott Sutton was diagnosed with a rare cancer that was accelerating rapidly despite treatment. With his son only a few months old, Scott and his wife Ann decided to write their son Alec a children’s book to remember him by.
The book, titled I Love You Like…, came about when Scott and Anne were trying to make each other laugh by saying how much they would miss each other using funny phrases. Both parents decided to compile those phrases into a book.
In 2018, Scott and Anne managed to published the book a few months before Scott untimely death.
In a news article published by The Today Show, Anne talked about how the book has helped her and Alec deal with the grief of losing Scott:
“The book encompasses everything that made me fall in love with Scott. He was intentional with everything he did. He was thoughtful. He had an unmatched wit. That was Scott, wanting to do something thoughtful for his son to show him how much he loved him.”
So far 5,000 copies have been sold. You can pick up your own copy now here.
American Rapper Nas has turned to book writing in addition to his song writing. Announcing his new children’s book, he hopes to inspire our younger generation.
Through his Instagram account, Nas—full name, Nasir “Nas” Jones—announced the new book, I Know I Can, four days ago. The fan response has been amazing in this short amount of time, with over 90,000 people liking the post.
According to Pitchfork, a media company following the music industry, “the book will be part of a children’s series ’empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.’”
For any of you Nas fans who may have already guessed it, Pitchfork also confirms that the title is also a reference to one of the Rap Artist’s song “I Can” from the 2002 album God’s Son.
The song spreads the message that we can achieve our dreams no matter where we’ve come from, so long as we put in the time and practice. Covering some heavy topics (e.g., drug abuse and rape), Nas’s lyrics also urge young kids to not grow up too quickly and make smart and responsible decisions to follow the right path. The book appears to promise the same message.
There is no release date for the book I Know I Can yet. Until then we’ll just have to hear Nas’s words in symphony, and share them with the children we know and wish the best and brightest future to.