Sept. 2, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced today that it will publish an illustrated poetry book for children by celebrity entertainer
Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems
" will cover a diverse range of kid-friendly topics including funny, silly, gross, heartwarming, as well as serious poems, and will also include a number of illustrations created by Cannon himself. Additionally, the book for kids ages 7 and up will feature black-and-white illustrations by acclaimed street artists whose works have been shown around the world including
Andrea von Bujdoss
The publishing deal was developed by
D. Christopher Jennings
, founders of Impact Republic,
Ncredible Entertainment, and
, Vice President and Publisher, Scholastic.
The inspiration for the book came from Cannon's desire to combine the worlds of poetry and hip-hop—two major influences that have shaped him into the prolific artist he is today. Cannon explains, "Writing is at the center of everything I do as an artist. Doing creative writing—especially writing poetry—is when I felt the calmest and freest. As a kid, it was my escape from the inner-city pitfalls. The first important writer in my life was Shel Silverstein—he made me fall in love with writing and seeing his whimsical sketches got me interested in art. When I was eight years old, I got a spiral notebook and wrote my first poem/rap. I filled that notebook with poems, rhymes, jokes, and witty stories. I still keep one to this day. I hope that poems in
will help inspire kids to want to get out a pen and paper to write or draw their own thoughts, rhymes, and stories."
This fall, Scholastic also will publish Cannon's previously announced book,
"Roc and Roe's Twelve Days of Christmas
a delightful and festive picture book featuring his twins Roc (Moroccan) and Roe (Monroe), illustrated by
to be released this November.
About Nick Cannon
is a multifaceted artist: film star, comedian, TV and radio host, musician, written, director, and philanthropist. He is best known as the energetic host of
America's Got Talent. People
magazine called this
native one of the top-ten most successful young people in
. At the age of eight, Cannon began writing poetry and songs, and performing them for friends and family. Through what Cannon recalls as "a lot of trial and failure," he recorded his first song at home on his boom box. At the age of eleven, Cannon started doing standup comedy, and by seventeen, he was performing at world-renowned comedy venues. That same year, he got his biggest break. He became a cast member on Nickelodeon's sketch-comedy series
Cannon also wrote for the show, making him the youngest staff writer on Nickelodeon's history. Cannon's comedy experience culminated in the creation of
The Nick Cannon Show,
which earned him the first of many Kids' Choice Awards—an award show that he later hosted several times. More recently, Cannon has released several music albums and is the creator, producer, and host of MTV's
Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out,
an improv-comedy show with musical performances.
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