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Stephen Colbert’s ‘I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)’ to be released


Stephen Colbert. (Cliff Owen/AP)

First, he returned to his Comedy Central show Monday after a short absence to care for his 91-year-old mother, Lorna.

And now Grand Central Publishing has announced it will release his children's book “I Am a Pole (And So Can You!),” the Associated Press reports.

You may already be familiar with Colbert’s tale of a flag pole searching for his life’s purpose from his two-part interview with famed author Maurice Sendak.

When asked by Colbert what it takes for a celebrity to write a book for kids, the “Where the Wild Things Are” author responded, “You’ve started already by being an idiot.”

But after seeing “I Am a Pole,” Sendak admitted, “The sad thing is I like it.” He agreed to let Colbert use his opinion as a blurb on the book jacket.

Grand Central Publishing released Colbert’s 2007 book “I Am America (And So Can You!)” and will publish his next work, “America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t” in October. “I Am a Pole” will be released on May 8.

Watch Colbert and Sendak talk children’s books below.

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