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NEW YORK -- Ringo Starr is turning an old Beatles favourite into a children's book.

The drummer has a deal with Simon & Schuster's Children Books for Octopus' Garden, based on one of the few songs the drummer wrote and sang while with the Beatles. The publisher announced Tuesday that the book will come out in Britain this fall and in the U.S. in early 2014. The book will be illustrated by Ben Cort, whose credits include Aliens Love Underpants.

Starr, who turns 73 next month, first wrote the song while on Peter Sellers' yacht in 1968. Starr and Sellers co-starred in the film The Magic Christian.

Octopus' Garden first appeared on the Beatles' Abbey Road album, released in 1969.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 12, 2013 C2

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