To Me, My X-Men!

Hey, guess what? I wrote a children’s book titled The X-Men Little Golden Book! It was illustrated by Shane Clester, and it will be published by Penguin Random House on May 7, 2024.

This book is an adaptation of X-Men: The Animated Series, the beloved TV show from the 1990s. Here’s the official publisher description of the book:

Inspired by the 1990’s animated series , Marvel’s mightiest mutants—the X-Men—arrive to save the day in their first ever Little Golden Book! Perfect for kids 2 to 5 as well as collectors and fans of all ages.

Born with amazing mutant abilities and trained by Dr. Charles Xavier, the X-men stand ready to defend the world even though that world doesn’t always trust them. These action-packed full-color pages will introduce Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Cyclops and the other mutants on their team as well as their friends and foes. Kids 2 to 5—along with Marvel fan and collectors—will love this Little Golden Book based on X-Men: The Animated Series.

Find out how to pre-order the book HERE and HERE.

Oh, also, The X-Men LGB marks the third time I’ve worked with the incredible Shane Clester. The first project we collaborated on was an Avengers Little Golden Book titled The Threat of Thanos, which came out in 2018 from Penguin Random House.

And our second collaboration was a Spidey and His Amazing Friends board book titled The Great Food Truck Caper, which came out in 2023.

As always, it was wonderful working with Shane on The X-Men LGB, and I can’t wait for all of you to see how that book turned out!

And please feel free to check out all of the other projects I’ve worked on for Penguin Random House on the “Arie Kaplan” page on the PRH site.



The Selena Gomez & Lizzo “96 Facts” Books Are Out NOW!

As you might know, for about a year and a half (and counting), I’ve been writing a series of middle-grade celebrity biographies called the “96 Facts” series for Penguin Random House. The first two “96 Facts” books came out in September 2023. Well, the third and fourth “96 Facts” books came out TODAY. They are 96 Facts About Selena Gomez and 96 Facts About Lizzo. Both books are illustrated by the incomparable Risa Rodil.

So if you or someone you love is a Selenator or a Lizzbian, then you (or someone you love) might really like to get a copy of one or both of these books. Anyway, they’re both on sale now.

And speaking of the “96 Facts” series: back in December, the first book in the series – 96 Facts About Taylor Swift – appeared on the USA Today Best-selling Booklist. Things were quite hectic in December, so I didn’t get to mention it back then. But I’m mentioning it here! And you can’t stop me!

Also, if you liked Timothée Chalamet’s performance in Dune: Part 2 (and who didn’t), you might also like 96 Facts About Timothée Chalamet, the second book in the series, which came out at the same time as the Taylor Swift book. Read all about the Lisan al Gaib! (Or whatever.)


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