Baby Ross, meet baby Rachel: The new craze of TV-to-book adaptations

Have you heard? Publishers are turning to popular adult television shows for picture book inspiration. Here are some forthcoming titles.


N Is for Nothing (inspired by Seinfeld)

Law and Order: D Is for Dun Dun

Orange Is the New Black: A Colors Primer

Knope Says Yes!: A Parks and Recreation Book About Opposites

Head, Shoulders, Knees, Toes, and Internal Organs: Grey’s Anatomy for Beginners

M*A*S*H*-ed Peas and Carrots (for picky eaters)

One Day at a Time: A Days of the Week Book

Who Says You Can’t Learn Philosophy? with The Good Place’s Chidi Anagonye (for advanced toddlers)

Friday Night-lights: Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Snooze


What’s Next?: Jed Bartlett’s Guide to American Politics

Lost (and Found): What to Do if You Don’t Know Where You Are

Winter Is Coming…: Game of Thrones Explains the Seasons

Arrested Development: A Preschool-Level Book for All Ages


See you at the (virtual) bookstore — if we don’t all get sidetracked by our various TV streaming services first. Or keep scrolling…but spoiler alert!
















The titles above are made up, of course — it’s harder than usual to keep track of the date these days, but — APRIL FOOLS’! However, we didn’t completely invent the idea of picture books based on adult TV shows and other pop culture. See Little, Brown’s upcoming title, The Office: A Day at Dunder Mifflin Elementary by Robb Pearlman and illustrated by Melanie Demmer, and Quirk Books’ Pop Classics series. For more distracting silliness (because let’s face it, we could all use more of that right now), find previous years’ Horn Book April Fools’ Day jokes at the April Fools' tag below.

[Illustration (c) 2012 by Leo Landry.]

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Donna McDine

Quite the clever twist. Terrific post. Thank you and be well.

Posted : Apr 01, 2020 05:55



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