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Stephen Colbert Is Writing a Children’s Book!

Does anyone remember when, a month ago, Stephen Colbert interviewed children’s book author Maurice Sendak? And it was priceless?

I didn’t get around to linking to Part II of the interview, because I suck, but better late than never, right? Hey! Look! There it is!

In Part II, Colbert pitches his idea for a kids’ book to Sendak. The book’s title? I Am a Pole. Really.

Now the American dream has become a reality! The Hollywood Reporter:

Stephen Colbert has made good on his promise to famed children’s author Maurice Sendak that he would “cash in” on the wave of children’s books by celebrity authors. Grand Central Books announced today that it would publish Colbert’s I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) on May 8.

Colbert pitched the idea of a book about a flagpole’s search for its identity during a two-part interview in late January with Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are. The interview became a viral sensation, and Colbert’s fans pushed for an actual book.

Colbert even got Sendak to endorse the project in the announcement. The book is “terribly ordinary,” Sendak says, but “the sad thing is I like it.”

Colbert adds, “I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”

I am so excited! (I am also thrilled for The Colbert Report to come back on air. Godspeed, Steve!)