Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

  Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa

       Zappa’s First Picture Book Features Illustrations by Dan Santat

            Because I’m Your Dad publication date is April 2, 2013

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Business Wire

NEW YORK -- April 2, 2013

Disney-Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW), will publish
Because I’m Your Dad, the first picture book from Ahmet Zappa, son of late
musician/composer Frank Zappa, on April 2, 2013, with a first printing of
25,000 copies. Featuring illustrations by Dan Santat, creator of Disney's
animated hit The Replacements, Because I’m Your Dad is a tribute to Zappa’s
happy childhood and a promise to his daughter, Halo, for a one-of-a-kind

Cover image for Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa, illustrated by Dan Santat
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Cover image for Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa, illustrated by Dan Santat
(Photo: Business Wire)

“I wrote this book for anyone who is a father, has a father, or hopes to
someday be a father,” says Zappa.

Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life while
making the book relatable to both boys and girls. The book's ending, a moving
tribute to the author's father, guarantees intergenerational appeal: “Because
I'm your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more…because that's
what my dad did for me.”

“It has been an absolute joy to see Ahmet's playful and loving ode to the
parent-and-child bond come to life through Dan Santat's imaginative
illustrations,” says Stephanie Lurie, Associate Publisher and Editorial
Director at Disney-Hyperion, who acquired world rights. The deal was
negotiated by Jody Hotchkiss at Hotchkiss and Associates.

Because I’m Your Dad is a perfect book for Father’s Day, or any day.

About Ahmet Zappa:

Ahmet Zappa is the son of late rock musician/composer Frank Zappa and, as he
puts it, “my awesome mother, Gail.” Ahmet grew up with a learning disability
and now writes books to help children discover how wonderful reading can be.
Through his production company, Monsterfoot Productions, Ahmet has developed
several television shows and movies, including the recently-released Walt
Disney Pictures feature film The Odd Life of Timothy Green. Ahmet, his wife
Shana, and their daughter Halo live in Los Angeles, California under a rainbow
with their three fur goblins: dogs Sandwich, Luna, and Figgy. For more
information, visit him online at www.ahmetzappa.com.

About Dan Santat:

Dan Santat is the author and/or illustrator of many books, including Oh, No!
and Oh, No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett and Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by
Ayun Halliday . He is also the creator of Disney's animated hit The
Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a
rabbit, a bird, a cat, and a dog. Visit him online at www.dantat.com.

About Disney Publishing Worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world's largest publisher of
children's books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each
year.DPWconsists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as
vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the
U.S. and DisneyLibriin Italy. DPW publishes a range of children's magazines
globally,as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW's
English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning
centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW's digital
products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps.
Headquartered in Glendale, California,DPW publishesbooks, magazines, and
digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information

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