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Coming this fall: a Tragically Hip picture book for kids

Here’s an interesting way to maintain the legacy and brand of the Tragically Hip: a children’s book.

The Tragically Hip ABC (due October 24 from Penguin Random House) is just that: a picture book of the ABC’s designed for the Hip’s youngest fans. Like what? Well, “A” is for “Ahead by a Century,” “N” is for “New Orleans is Sinking,” and “Z” is for “FroZen in My Tracks.” The other 24 letters have their Hip song associations. (I wonder what they did for “X?” I’d go with “Last American EXit,” although there are at least two other candidates.)

The book was illustrated by Clayton Hanmer, Julia Breckenreid, Bridget George, and Monika Melnychuk. Here are some sample pages.

Here’s what The Hip’s Rob Baker has to say: “The promotion of childhood literacy and development are causes close to our collective hearts. This book is a sweet surprise full of gorgeous illustrations. If it can excite some kids about reading, art, nature, or music, then we are delighted and proud.”

Sounds like a cool Christmas gift.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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