Weird Al Yankovic Publishes Kids’ Book

02.03.2011

Image courtesy HarperCollinsChildrens.com

Pop music parody king and three-time Grammy winner Weird Al Yankovic published his first children’s book on February 1st, When I Grow Up. Publisher HarperCollins describes the book thusly:

Billy’s classmates may have never considered careers in snail training or sumo wrestling before, but by the time the exuberant eight-year-old is done cataloging his dream jobs, they just might share his belief in unlimited potential!

Virtuoso wordplay, irresistible rhythm, and laugh-out-loud humor abound in the first picture book by the one and only “Weird Al” Yankovic. This unbridled celebration of creativity and possibility invites readers of all ages to consider afresh what they want to be when they grow up.

The book has received critical acclaim from comedian/actor Patton Oswalt (Ratatouille, Robotomy, WordGirl), who called the book “wonderful” via Twitter.

And if you don’t care for Oswalt’s opinion, Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) says via Twitter that Al’s book is “great…for story-time reading!”

Granted, Seth Green has no experience in parenting to make him an authority on kids’ books, and Patton Oswalt isn’t one most would look to for recommending good books for kids either.

So would it help if Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich gave this glowing review of the book?

Have a kid? Need a book to read with said kid? @alyankovic just wrote one, and it’s great!

And here’s Al narrating an excerpt of his book via YouTube:

(You can download the entire audiobook on iTunes for $1.99.)

Weird Al’s also doing a book signing tour during February 2011, and new dates keep being added to the schedule at WEIRDAL.COM. Current schedule (courtesy of Yank Blog):

Feb 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Barnes & Noble (at the Grove) 2:00pm
Feb 13 – Van Nuys, CA – Costco 1:00pm
Feb 15 – Irvine, CA – A Whale of a Tale 4:00pm
Feb 18 – Naperville, IL – Anderson’s Bookshop 7:00pm

And here are some recent interview links with Al discussing his book:

– Naperville Sun Times: Yankovic book tour to visit NCC

– CNN: What happened when Weird Al grew up

– IndyStyle.TV: Weird Al Yankovic (video interview)

– MyFoxBoston.com: Weird Al Yankovic Interview (video)

– CelebrityBabyScoop.com: Weird Al Yankovic: “Family is my first priority.”

– Stuff.Co.NZ: The Weird Al Yankovic Interview

– ThePageTurn.com: My Favorite Teacher, by Al Yankovic

– iTunes Podcast – English, Baby!: Grow Up – Weird Al Yankovic (Select episode #3.)

– HarperCollins: Q&A with Weird Al Yankovic (PDF file)

– FaceCulture video interview:

Additional source: World of Weird Al Yankovic

~ Craig “Voiceroy” Crumpton
Publisher, Voice Actors in the News
(and lifelong Weird Al fan/”close personal friend”)

Weird Al Yankovic and Craig "Voiceroy" Crumpton at the 2004 San Diego Comic-Con. (Demotivator caption by Steve Helling.)


‘Weird Al’ Developing Live-Action Movie

01.26.2010

Weird Al Yankovic announced Jan. 25th via his blog that he has signed a deal to develop and direct a live-action TV movie for Cartoon Network.

Although the movie has not officially been green-lit by CN, Al says the script is completed and he’s “about to start a third draft,” adding that “it’s gotten some very positive buzz at the network.”

The movie will feature a “younger, teenage protagonist,” but Al says he will be “making an appearance in it.” Al says he hopes to start shooting the film in the fall, following his 2010 national concert tour (which has not yet been announced).

It’s also worth noting that Al says the movie is the “first thing [he’s] on track to do for [CN].” Al says that CN originally contacted him “to provide some content for them – series, features, animation, live-action… they were open to anything…now all I have to do is start making stuff!”

Update: 1.28.2010 — On Dec. 20, 2009 Al was a guest on Shatner’s Raw Nerve on the Biography Channel where he revealed a more personal side, including discussing for the first time on-camera the loss of his parents in a tragic accident. The complete episode is available in three parts on Biography.com:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Thanks to ShadowWing Tronix of BW Media Spotlight for the heads-up on Weird Al’s appearance on “Shatner’s Raw Nerve.”

Related posts:
– 11.18.2009 — Professor Yankovic Explains Auto-Tune
– 7.03.2009 — Weird Al Yankovic News Round-Up


Professor Yankovic Explains Auto-Tune

11.18.2009

And the 2009 award for “Best Comedic and Edumacational Use of a Celebrity Cameo in a YouTube Video” goes to…

Related post: 8.20.2009 — Weird Al Joins the Blogosphere


Weird Al Joins the Blogosphere

08.20.2009

…and with a WordPress blog, no less!

Al’s Blog

And in his first post, he announces:

One week from today (Tuesday, August 25), my 5-track digital EP “Internet Leaks” will be officially released. It’ll be on iTunes, Amazon… you know, all the usual places.

The fifth and final track from “Internet Leaks” is called “Ringtone.” It will be released the same day as the EP – Tuesday the 25th. The video for it was done by the guys behind Current TV’s hilarious show “SuperNews” – and it will world-premiere this Friday night as part of a half-hour special show that I’m co-hosting with SuperNews creator Josh Faure-Brac. For more info on the show and where you can see it, go here.

By the way, if you DO purchase “Internet Leaks” now, you’ll be able to take advantage of iTunes’ “Complete My Album” function when the full album becomes available. You’ll be able to painlessly add the missing tracks, and the full purchase price of “Internet Leaks” will be deducted from the cost of the album.

Al adds that “Al’s Brain” completed a successful run at the Orange County Fair with “a quarter of a million people” now having watched his 3D movie. The exhibit now moves onto the Puyallup Fair (near Seattle, WA) scheduled for September 11-17, 2009.

Previous post: 7.03.2009 — Weird Al News Round-Up.