Ringo Starr to write "Octopus' Garden" as a children's book

Ringo Starr poses at the Chelsea Flower Show at Royal Hospital Chelsea on May 20, 2013, in London.
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Ringo Starr is turning an old Beatles favorite into a children's book.

The drummer has a deal with Simon & Schuster's Children Books for "Octopus' Garden," based on one of the few songs the drummer wrote and sang while with the Beatles.

The publisher announced Tuesday that the book will come out in Britain this fall and in the U.S. in early 2014. The book will be illustrated by Ben Cort, whose credits include "Aliens Love Underpants."

Starr gave this message to fans: "It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of 'Octopus's Garden.' Peace and Love, Ringo."

According to the publisher's announcement, the book will be published as a hardback edition plus CD, with audio content including an original, previously-unheard music track from Starr and a reading of the story.

Starr, who turns 73 next month, first wrote the song while on Peter Sellers' yacht in 1968. Starr and Sellers co-starred in the film "The Magic Christian."

"Octopus' Garden" first appeared on the Beatles' "Abbey Road" album, released in 1969.

Simon & Schuster is a part of CBS Corporation.