-- Ringo Starr is giving fans a little preview of the upcoming children's book based on his classic Beatles song "Octopus's Garden," which is scheduled to be published in early 2014. In a new video posted on Starr's official YouTube channel, the famed drummer shows off the cover art of the book, then shares some comments about the illustrated publication as he flips through its pages.
"As you know, it' a great song, but it's also turned into a great story," says Ringo while turns the pages. The illustrations Starr displays show a group of children swimming to the bottom of the sea to frolic with an orange-colored octopus. The kids also are seen riding on the backs of sea turtles and gathering around the octopus as he reads a book to them.
Ringo also shows off the CD that comes packaged with the book, which will include a recording of "Octopus's Garden" as well as audio of the 73-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reading the story.
As the video comes to an end, Starr chuckles and says of the book, "I highly recommend it."
Octopus's Garden was illustrated by Ben Cort, who previously has created artwork for author Claire Freedman's popular Underpants series, including Aliens Love Underpants.
Ringo also has posted another video on his YouTube channel in which he mentions Octopus's Garden and also points out that his limited-edition photo book, Photograph, will be available in November or December. In addition, he talks about his All Starr Band's upcoming South American tour, which kicks off this Tuesday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. At the tail end of the trek, Ringo and his group will play two shows in Las Vegas, on November 22 and 23.
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