Coming Soon: A Stephen Colbert Children's Book
Hey, if Madonna can get a children's book published, Stephen Colbert could surely write the first one to win a Nobel Prize for Literature.
Oh, that's no hyperbole. This shall actually be a thing. A glorious, glorious thing.
Grand Central Books made the official announcement Tuesday that it would make good Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" host's promise to legendary children's author Maurice Sendak and publish his book I Am A Pole (And So Can You!) on May 8.
Colbert gave revered Where The Wild Things Are author Maurice Sendak a preview during a recent interview of his story of a flagpole on a quest of self-discovery. Sendak called it "terribly ordinary," yet tacked on "the sad thing is I like it." That was when Colbert promised the defining author of many a childhood that he'd "cash in" like many other celebrities such as Madonna who have penned children's books over the years.
It is, after all, the "only" medium he claimed he hadn't yet conquered.
That it would be Grand Central that would take up the project makes absolute sense; the publishing house previously published Colbert's 2007 best-seller I Am America (And So Can You!) and will release his forthcoming America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren't this October.
"I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it," Colbert added to the announcement.
Just for grins, check out Colbert's previous pitch of the story to Sendak below. We have to believe Dr. Seuss himself would be pretty proud.
Or maybe just really confused.
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