Beatle’s Song, Octopus’s Garden Will Soon Be a Book

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 by 2 Comments
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

photo credit: Tobyotter via photopin cc

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Marye Audet

Marye Audet is an author, freelance writer, and editor. As a work at home mom she has a unique perspective that encompasses the overwhelming deadlines and commitments of the professional woman as well as the constantly changing needs of a homeschooling mom with a large family. She is the author of one cook book and the creator of Restless Chipotle Media, a network consisting of two food based blogs, a blog for “women of a certain age”, a video site on Youtube, and upcoming blog on kitchen decor, and downloadable eBooks. Marye also is a freelance writer, editor, and book reviewer.

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    I loved that song! I have been hunting down a lot of music from the 50s and 60s to make playlists for my mom to listen to (music from your youth is supposed to be therapeutic for the ill) — and I forgot all about this song. I would definitely buy this book as a gift for a young relative.

  • Ruby T.

    I hum that song all the time. It’s so catchy and I try to sing it to my kid, who at this age just rolls her eyes at me. A book is a long time coming! (And Aliens Love Underpants is a great book, too.)

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