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 To tweet this release, use the link http://bit.ly/ahmetdad 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 relationship. Cover image for Because I'm Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa, illustrated by Dan Santat (Photo: Business Wire ... 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 visitwww.disneypublishing.com. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/multimedia/home/20130402006437/en/ Multimedia Available:http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50601661&lang=en Contact: Disney Publishing Worldwide Elizabeth Mason, 914-288-4119 Elizabeth.Mason@disney.com
Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases Because I’m Your Dad by Ahmet Zappa
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