For Immediate Release:
IT'S A SMALL WORLD: Songwriter Richard M. Sherman has combined his talents with Amazing Books LLC on an extraordinary advancement in children’s literature.
It really is a small world after all!! How very exciting to introduce such a terrific and original pairing in children's literary entertainment.
Amazing Books LLC, the brand new children's entertainment and literary company based in Southern California, has collaborated with Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman, co-writer of the Disney theme park anthem "It's a Small World," on an innovative line of children's entertainment products.
Los Angeles-based Amazing Books LLC launched their website, www.theamazingbooks.com, on August 19th and will release their first book, the literary classic, "The Three Little Pigs" on ITunes in early October. Amazing Books™, are based around their exclusive, interactive "Flomotion™" technology which allows the reader to control the animated action within the story. The first book will be released as a universal application available in both three-dimensional and two-dimensional versions for the IPad, IPhone and ITouch. This initial interactive pop-up book released for the mobile platform will cost $2.99.
Our Amazing Books will continue with the release of "The Three Little Pigs," with six additional titles, including, "Jack and The Bean Stalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Little Red Riding Hood." The release of "The Night Before Christmas" will coincide with the 2010 holiday season.
Richard Sherman and his brother Robert are perhaps best known for the song, "It's a Small World," featured in the theme park ride of the same name at Disneyland, Disneyworld and other Disney properties. Together they also were awarded two Oscars for their music in the Disney feature film, "Mary Poppins," the stage version of which currently can be seen on Broadway and around the world as well. As composers and lyricists they created other songs in films including "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Snoopy Come Home, Winnie the Pooh, The Parent Trap, The Aristocats," and "Charlotte's Web." Mr. Sherman recently added a new and original song to the soundtrack of "Iron Man 2."
"We're thrilled that a composer of Richard Sherman's caliber has brought our Amazing characters to life," said Ben Rosenberg, co-founder of Amazing Books. "His songs have stayed in the minds and hearts of generations children and adults. We're sure his memorable tunes will help our delightful books remain in your own children’s hearts and minds as well."
Mr. Sherman wrote 8 songs for the upcoming book releases and instrumental versions will be available on ITunes, free download, preceding the release of a full album of original music plus lyrics in 2011.
"When initially approached by the partners, I was intrigued by the way they approached the re-telling of these stories and the wonderfully unique characters and worlds created," Sherman said. "Pop-up books have been a favorite of mine since I was boy, and after one viewing of the product, I realized I would be part of something unique and extraordinary. How very amazing!!"
The Amazing Books are designed for children 1 to 8 years of age and will be initially read / translated into English and Spanish. The company plans on adding Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, French and German in the coming months.
To celebrate the partnership of Amazing Bookstm and Richard Sherman, Amazing Books™ will host a free contest at www.theamazingbooks.com, starting in September, 2010. The two grand prize winners will receive a signed copy of the book, "Walt's Time - From Before to Beyond," the story of The Sherman Brothers and the DVD, "The Boys: The Sherman Brother’s Story," which will be released by Disney in November of 2010.
About Richard M. Sherman: Born in 1928 in New York City to Rosa and Al Sherman, who was also a songwriter. Richard and his brother, Robert, wrote their first hit song, "Tall Paul," in 1958 for Mouseketeer Annette Funicello. The tune caught the attention of Walt Disney, who hired the Sherman Brothers to write songs for his movies. The Shermans wrote "It's a Small World" for the New York World's Fair in 1964 and won two Academy Awards the next year for their songs in the Disney film, "Mary Poppins." They both have earned nine Academy Award nominations, two Grammy Awards and four Grammy nominations, and 23 gold and platinum albums. The Sherman Brothers were inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in New York City in 2005, and wrote music for the stage adaptations of "Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang" and "Mary Poppins" in recent years. In 2008, the Sherman Brothers were awarded the National Medal of Arts at the White House. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award bestowed onto artist by the United States Government. Richard M. Sherman lives in Beverly Hills with his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth , with whom he has three children.
About Amazing Books&trade: Amazing Books is a multimedia company that specializes in stereoscopic (3D), interactive pop-up books designed for mobile platforms. Creative development is led by Emmy nominated, Clio award winning animator Doug F. Wolf. His partner Ben Rosenberg is an executive in the cable TV industry.
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