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Newly unearthed Richard Scarry book to be published -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES


There’s a new addition to the busy world of Richard Scarry.

Next August, Random House will publish Best Lowly Worm Book Ever, a charming picture book starring one of Scarry’s most recognizable and beloved characters. Its release will come 20 years after the prolific Scarry — who wrote and illustrated more than 300 picture books — died of a heart attack in 1994. (HarperCollins will release the book Sept. 26 in the U.K.)

Best Lowly Worm Book Ever was discovered by Scarry’s son Richard Jr. — also known as Huck — in Scarry’s Gstaad studio. “Under his drawing table were several grey cardboard portfolios containing rough sketches of book ideas done on tracing paper,” Huck explained to EW via email. “Although most of the sketches were simply rough ideas, one set appeared quite advanced, with typewriter-written blocks of text on each page. It was a book about Lowly, and it looked like something which might be brought to completion fairly easily.”

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl: 5 favorite movie adaptations and their magical messages

Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!

Dahl, author of many a splendiferous tome, was always a champion for those without a big voice but with monstrously-sized dreams. Whether it be a teeny child genius, a wily fox, or a truly rotten character like the terrifying Trunchbull, the Grand High Witch, or Veruca Salt, Dahl sculpted a universe that brought the fleeting magic of childhood and our nemesis parents, to life.

The author, who died in 1990, would have been 97 years old today. Welsh-born and raised by Norwegian parents, Dahl developed his love for tall tales from his mother’s stories and his dad’s diary-writing habits. For the first decade and a half of his career, he wrote primarily stories for adults, according to his official website, before penning children’s classics such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, The Witches, and more. He died Nov. 23, 1990, when he was 74.

So do your part to commemorate this wonderful author, whether it’s by talking about your favorite Dahl book, throwing your own Roald Dahl Day celebration, dressing up as one of his indelible characters, and this goes without saying, diving into one of his books (and don’t dare look up until you’ve hit the final page).

To celebrate here are 5 of his book-to-movie adaptations and their memorable messages:

Dr. Seuss goes digital: Random House announces e-book versions of 'Cat in the Hat,' more


Your favorite Dr. Seuss books are coming to a tablet or e-reader near you, reports The Associated Press.

Classics like The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham and even his picture books like Fox in Socks and Horton Hears a Who! will be available for your digital and life-lesson perusal this fall.

Random House Children’s Books announced Wednesday that 15 Dr. Seuss stories will be available as e-books starting Sept. 24. More e-book versions of the iconic writer’s works will be released in October and November.

“We are delighted that today’s parents, their children, and educators can now add Dr. Seuss’s classics to their digital bookshelves, joining the cherished hardcovers that we have all grown up with,” Barbara Marcus, president and publisher of Random House Children’s Books, told Publisher’s Weekly.

Celebrate the March on Washington with 'Martin & Mahalia'


On August 28, 1963, hundreds of thousands of people flooded Washington, D.C., marching in one of the largest peaceful demonstrations in American history — and listening with bated breath to speeches and performances by figures like NAACP leader Roy Wilkins, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, and, of course, Martin Luther King, Jr.

50 years later, celebrated author/illustrator — and wife/husband — team Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are celebrating that milestone with a new picture book, Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song. As the title implies, the story focuses on the friendship between Jackson and King, as well as the pair’s shared connections.

“Each of their personal stories kind of mirror each other,” Davis Pinkney explained to EW. “You see young Martin in the church, speaking the gospel, praying the gospel, seeking it, teaching it. And there’s Mahalia as a child — as it says, she sang the gospel, worked the gospel, led the gospel, spread the gospel. Those beautiful ribbons of harmony came together throughout the civil rights movement.”

For more on Jackson and King’s unique relationship and the book itself — not to mention a glimpse at one of Pinkney’s gorgeous painted illustrations — check out the rest of our interview below.

Watch 'Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures' exclusive book trailer


Newbery Medal-winner Kate DiCamillo’s (The Tale of Despereaux, Because of Winn-Dixie) new book is almost here… and this one involves a superhero squirrel.

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures tells the story of a squirrel (Ulysses) that never saw the vaccum cleaner coming. Luckily, cynical Flora Belle Buckman steps in to save him from a rather tragic death. What neither can predict is that squirrel Ulysses has been born anew, with powers of strength and flight — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope.

“I set out to tell the story of a vacuum cleaner and a squirrel,” DiCamillo said in a release. “I ended up writing a book about superheroes, cynics, poetry, love, giant donuts, little shepherdess lamps, and how we are all working to find our way home. Seal blubber!”

Check out the exclusive book trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Check out first look of 'The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia' -- EXCLUSIVE

Great news for those of you who love Adventure Time and are looking to spend more time in the Land of Ooo.

The brand-new Adventure Time Encyclopaedia will tell viewers everything they need to know about the post-apocolyptic magical land and its inhabitants. Narrated by the Lord of Evil and written by Martin Olson (who voices the Lord of Evil on the Cartoon Network show), this companion book will take readers inside The Fire Kingdom, The Candy Kingdom and so much more behind-the-scenes intel from the show.

The program, which premiered in 2010,follows the adventures of Jake the dog and Finn the human in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo. Best friends Finn and Jake live among other colorful, crazy characters such as Princess Bubblegum, Lady Rainicorn, Lumpy Space Princess, the Ice King, and Marceline the Vampire Queen.”

Check out three exclusive images from the book below: READ FULL STORY

Get your groove on with Bob Shea's 'Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great' trailer -- EXCLUSIVE


Bob Shea, author-illustrator of four Dinosaur vs books and I’m a Shark (among many other children’s stories), has got a brand-new creature-feature hitting stores today.

Meet Goat: Goat always thought he was the coolest kid on the block — until Unicorn moved in, that is. After all, a bike is hardly impressive when your neighbor can fly to school. Homemade marshmallow squares are nothing compared to someone who can make the sky rain cupcakes. Needless to say Goat’s not Unicorn’s biggest fan. But things start to change after Goat shares a slice of pizza with Unicorn and he learns that maybe, just maybe, being a unicorn isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Check out the trailer for Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great below: READ FULL STORY

Book trailer for illustrator Aaron Becker's 'Journey' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Aaron Becker is already a respected illustrator whose drawings have been part of  Polar Express, Cars and Mars Needs Moms.

Now, he’s a children’s book author. In his debut story, his beautiful illustrations take center stage in Journey, about “A lonely girl [who] draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire?”

Check out the exclusive book trailer below: READ FULL STORY

Beatles legend Ringo Starr to release 'Octopus's Garden' as picture book

It seems Ringo Starr would like to be in an octopus’s garden in the shade once more. Simon and Schuster Children’s Books has announced a publication agreement with legendary singer-songwriter-drummer Ringo Starr for a children’s book edition of his famed song, “Octopus’s Garden.” Marking the 45th anniversary of the song’s creation, the picture book is to include a CD containing a narration of the story plus an original, previously unheard song from Starr. Aliens Love Underpants illustrator Ben Cort is set to illustrate the book. READ FULL STORY

Accio 'Potted Potter'! 'Harry' parody returns to New York City -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

How do Jefferson Turner and Daniel Clarkson condense all 4,224 pages of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter saga into just 70 minutes of stage time? With charm, pluck, and the magic of improvisation: “We’re constantly changing it, constantly trying to keep it fresh for ourselves as well as the audience,” Turner tells EW. “We try to make it so that no two shows are exactly alike.” READ FULL STORY

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