Beatle’s Song, Octopus’s Garden Will Soon Be a Book
Forty-five years ago, Ringo Starr wrote a song about an Octopus. It really wasn’t that weird; it was the 1960′s, everyone was trippin’, and it was for the Beatles. They could have sung a song about a water rat and had it hit the charts.
All in all it was a cute song with cute lyrics. The setting stirs the imagination — who wouldn’t like to be under the sea in an octopus’s garden in the shade? The song goes on to talk about swimming and playing safely while a storm rages overhead.
The lyrics were inspired while Starr was aboard Peter Seller’s yacht. The captain was sharing his knowledge of Octopi, who actually do collect objects such as shells and rocks from the ocean bottom and build collections with them.
Recently, Starr gave permission for the song to be published as a children’s book by Simon and Schuster. It is the story of five children who visit the underwater world and spend time in an octopus’s garden, ride turtles and explore a sunken city. Illustrations will be provided by Ben Cort. who illustrates the Aliens Love Underpants children’s series.
I am not going to comment on the name of that series, no matter how tempting it is.
The book is scheduled to be released in October in the UK and January 2014 in The United States. If it turns out to be as good as it has the potential to be, you can bet that it will have a spot on my bookshelves.
source: The Guardian