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Here’s something that happened that I’m not going to even try to explain, courtesy of the Los Angeles Daily News:

[It’s] hardly surprising that World Peace just released a children’s book titled “Metta’s Bedtime Stories.” The back of the book’s cover reveals the bedtime stories include the following titles, “Tomorrow,” “Reach for the Sky,” “One Wish,” “Mud in My Bed,” and “I’m Afraid of the Dark.”

But this 34-page illustration book geared for 4 to 10 year olds go beyond World Peace making silly jokes. The book, available, available online here and on Amazon for $12.95 for soft cover and $14.95 for hard cover, will have a portion of those proceeds benefitting World Peace’s foundation, Xcel University which primarily raises funds and supports various mental health charities and programs. Some of the proceeds will also help the foundation run by World Peace’s father, the Artest foundation, which supports inner city youth geared toward promoting non-violence.

Yes, this is true. The Amazon listing, for your perusal.

Metta’s Bedtime Stories is dedicated to ALL Children, Families, and Educators. Metta’s Bedtime Stories was written to help children think about daily events in a positive light. These stories will show everyone that you can always have a better day tomorrow, if you have a hopeful heart and keep positive thoughts. Five stories are featured in this book: I’m Afraid of the Dark, Mud in My Bed, One wish, Reach for the sky, and Tomorrow.

It’s 2013 now. Ron Artest is Metta World Peace, Metta World Peace is an award-winning mental health advocate and Metta World Peace wrote a book for kids. This is only surprising if you haven’t noticed that basically any player who wants to write a children’s book can if they want to. This is just how things work. At this point, having a kids book is like having a super-verified Twitter account.

I don’t know what to tell you — I’m just not surprised that Metta World Peace would come out with a children’s book. Considering the Lakers have nothing better to do, he might as well get some of his writings out there. Not to mention, since it’s releasing in the offseason, Metta won’t have to ask for time off to promote the book, unlike when his first record came out. As long as he didn’t include his classic story of a friend getting killed by a table leg to the chest, full steam ahead on this book boat.

Oh, let’s also make sure that the “Mud in My Bed” is really just mud. Frank Reynolds knows what I’m talking about.

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That’s definitely an iPad right in front of Mike Tirico and that’s definitely the iBooks app that he has open as ESPN came back from a break early in overtime, or as I like to call it, the absolutely perfect time to catch up on some reading. Unfortunately, I can’t make out a single book in Tirico’s library, even when I use complicated algorithms to ENHANCE this screen shot.

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This is where you come in, TBJers. I would very much like to know what Mike Tirico is reading here, because if he’s reading it during an overtime playoff game that he’s working, it must be good. Let me know.

(via Oskar Jamtander)

Yeah, this is kind of a weird way to start your Friday morning. But we’re not getting new episodes of “Community” any time soon, so Blake Griffin preparing Abed’s book club for a “Karate Kid” themed showdown against Britta’s book club will just have to do.

When you type it out like that, it pretty much sounds like the plot to an episode of “Community” anyways. And that, my friends, is indeed a Friday morning treat.

(via Reddit)

Back when iBooks Author was announced, I remember making a jokey joke on Twitter about somehow figuring out a way to use it to write a book of jokey jokes (Mr. Cool Brags over here). Well, I’ve been scooped, because “Mommy, What’s a SuperSonic?” by Andrew Gall exists.

As I’m sure you’ve guessed, “Mommy, What’s a SuperSonic?” is the tale of how the Sonics came to leave Seattle, only it’s made to look like a kids book because the author is, by his own admission, a terrible artist. From Seattle Weekly:

“I too relocated from Seattle, in my case a year and a half ago, after the ad firm I was working for closed its doors and I decided to seek other opportunities,” says Gall of how his Seattle roots.

“As my interest and hope for the return of the NBA to Seattle began to regenerate, I thought about putting out something simple and quick about the Sonics, in hope of renewing fan interest and discussion about who the team was and why they left. And the fact is, it’s pretty sad that kids growing up in Seattle today will literally be asking their parents the question of who the Supersonics were and why they left,” says Gall. “I thought that I could create something that would be a nice way for parents to be able to take a trip down memory lane, through the good AND tragic times, at the same time teaching their kids an important civic history lesson about what was among many Seattleites’ fondest memories–the Sonics.”

The result is a 32-page, iPad only book that’s available on iTunes for free. There’s embedded YouTube highlights, amateur illustrations of Sonics legends like Shawn Kemp and Michael Cage, and rhymes about all of these things, all atop what appears to be a finger-painted rendition of the Sonics’ old logo. In other words, it’s the perfect idea and what I am guessing is the exact thing Steve Jobs envisioned when he dreamt of the iPad.

More screenshots after the jump. Go download this.

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We looked!
Then we saw him step in on the mat!
We looked!
And we saw him!
Harrison Barnes in the Hat!

And he said to us,
“Why do you sit there like that?”
“I know it is wet
And the sun is not sunny.
But we can have
Lots of good fun.
I look funny!”

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Just last week, we found out that Amar’e Stoudemire’s children’s book was available on Amazon and everybody said, “OK sure. Whatever.” NBA players write kid’s books from time to time and it’s almost always a head-scratcher. These books that are going to mold our children’s minds aren’t going to write themselves, so somebody has to author them. And sometimes that someone is an NBA player. Fair enough.

But then there is this fact, which you see in the title, that Dennis Rodman wrote a children’s book called “Dennis the Wild Bull” and it makes you want to scratch your head all the way through your skull. From the “Dennis the Wild Bull” website:

Former NBA Star and 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Dennis Rodman knows what it means to work hard. Living in the spotlight isn’t easy for anyone, especially when everything you do winds up in newspapers and on T.V. After going through his latest divorce and having to spend time away from his children as a result, Dennis has now done something many people never thought would ever happen. He’s written a children’s book which he’s dedicating to his children, with the intent to relay a positive message to our countries youth and to his own children.

Weird enough (possible sequel title), but even weirder is the fact that, as Gawker points out, no one knows what it’s about. Again, from the book’s website:

While no details of the actual book are known, what we do know is they plan on making their official debut with the book in September 2012 at a venue undetermined and will embark on a worldwide tour making appearances across the United States, London, Germany, Australia, and Canada. Booking agent Sean Clark of Convention All Stars is handling their tour.

Presumably, Dennis Rodman knows what the book is about, though it’s pretty easy to imagine several scenarios where even he doesn’t remember the intricacies of the plot. Other than that, no one knows. That means that in a month there will be people trying to convince parents to buy a book for their children that has been written by Dennis Rodman but they have no idea what is actually on the inside. This might be the toughest sales job in the history of transactions.

“Hey Dad, come buy this book for your kids. It’s written by Dennis Rodman. Yes, that Dennis Rodman. What’s it about? Well, uhhhh, funny you should ask. Not entirely sure, actually. Where are you going?” Good luck.

Of course, odds are this book is just going to be normal “follow your heart” kind of stuff, of which Dennis Rodman would actually be a good teacher. As long as he’s telling these kids to “be themselves” and not “be Dennis Rodman,” everything should be fine. The tattoo glossary will still be weird though.

Man, Jack Handey looks way different than I would have guessed.