Bobby Bones is bringing his beloved English Bulldog Stanley to life in a new children’s book.
The multi-media personality just announced plans to release Stanley the Dog and His First Day of School via HarperCollins.
Bones, who is already a two-time New York Times No.1 bestselling author, recently shared a few details about the forthcoming project exclusively with Country Now, revealing that the idea to release a children’s book initially came to him in 2016 around the time he and his comedy band, Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots, released a children’s album.
At first, Bones said “no one wanted it,” however after his books Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book (2017) and Fail Until You Don’t: Fight Grind Repeat (2018) became best-sellers, the tables quickly turned.
“They’re all like, ‘no one wants to buy a kid’s book.’ This is five or six years ago. You’re not famous. You need to be famous and on and on and on,” he recalls. “I wrote my first two books which, ironically, did extremely well and now I’m doing a kid’s book.”
The Bobby Bones Show host and American Idol mentor admits that a children’s book may not be what fans are expecting from him, but like everything Bones does, the book will include his personal touch and convey a message of positivity.
“It’s about Stanley, my dog, and how you don’t have to look like everybody else to find what you’re wonderful at and what is wonderful about you,” Bones explains. “He goes to school and he looks a little awkward and he’s a big fat bulldog.”
Bones is working with illustrator Stephanie Laberis, to bring Stanley to the pages of the book and says they’re “almost done with the drawings.”
Stanley the Dog and His First Day of School is expected to arrive in the summer of 2022.