Fantastic news for Ringo fans! His classic song, Octopus’s Garden, is being turned into a children’s book. Simon & Schuster will be printing the book, which will be published as a picture book, in the UK later this Fall and in North America in early 2014.
Within The Beatles Bible (oh yes, there really is such a thing) Ringo explains how he was inspired to write the song:
“I wrote Octopus’s Garden in Sardinia. Peter Sellers had lent us his yacht and we went out for the day… I stayed out on deck with [the captain] and we talked about octopuses. He told me that they hang out in their caves and they go around the seabed finding shiny stones and tin cans and bottles to put in front of their cave like a garden. I thought this was fabulous, because at the time I just wanted to be under the sea too. A couple of tokes later with the guitar – and we had Octopus’s Garden!”
Hearing about the evolution from classic song to a book for kids made me think about other songs we love that should be considered for such treatment. I went through my massive collection of tunes and honed in on some songs that, with the right illustrator, could easily become great books for kids.