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Jack White, Elinor Blake

Grammy-winning musician Jack White joins talents with acclaimed illustrator Elinor Blake to create the illustrated rendition of the beloved song
by The White Stripes.

"We're Going to Be Friends"is one of The White Stripes most enduring and loved songs. With the help of illustrator Elinor Blake (aka April March), the perennial favorite feels right at home on the page as a children's book, evoking the simplicity and nostalgia of childhood. Children, adults, and you, too, can join Suzy Lee as she goes to school with her books and pens, looks for bugs, shows and tells, and finds a friend.

Jack White is a twelve-time Grammy winning musician, actor, producer, and co-founder of The White Stripes. "We're Going to Be Friends" was released in late 2002 as a promotional single from their platinum-certified album White Blood Cells and was featured in the film "Napoleon Dynamite."

Illustrator Elinor Blake was an animator for "The Ren and Stimpy Show," "Pee Wee's Playhouse," and more. She performs music under the name April March, and her "Chick Habit" was featured in Quentin Tarantino's movie Death Proof. Released in time for The White Stripes' 20th
anniversary, the illustrated children's book comes with a digital copy of the original song, as well as new versions performed by April March
(in English and French) and also The Woodstation Elementary School Singers.

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Language Territory Type Agency Client
German World Book Annelie Geissler
Mohrbooks AG
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9. November 2017, review
Fans will appreciate how the White Stripes' aesthetic is represented by the book's red, white, and black palette, and Blake includes appealing retro flourishes throughout, including a Tenniel White Rabbit, a Betty Boop pocket watch, and a drawing style th

Publishers Weekly

9. November 2017, review
Not only does the We're Going To Be Friends book sound completely adorable, it will also get a whole new generation listening to The White Stripes' classic song - and I for one can't wait for that tune to be back on the radio on the daily.


9. November 2017, quote
Jack White has written a perfect story and Elinor Blake's art is enchanting. It harkens back to 1940s Golden Books. Read it while listening to either Jack or Elinor sing the story. It's a sonic/optic treat.

John Kricfalusi, creator The Ren and Stimpy Show

9. November 2017, quote
It's back to school! Walk with Suzy Lee and her new friend. In hues of red, black and white with nods to classic animation and mid-century picture books, Elinor Blake creates an enchanted vision for Jack White's gentle story of new friendship.

Nina Crews, author

9. November 2017, quote
In my favorite picture books text and art feel like they were conceived as one. This book has that quality. The text is the lyrics from the wonderful, now classic song 'We're Going To Be Friends' by Jack White. In place of sound and music we have Elinor B

Tony Fucile, animator The Lion King and Finding Nemo

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