The publishing arm of Jack White’s Third Man Records, Third Man Books, today announces its second children’s picture book, The Magic of We.
Written by teacher Danielle Anderson-Craig, and illustrated by her friend and colleague Carly Dooling, The Magic of We is described in a press release as “a tender tale of blossoming friendship in which two children meet and are transported into a world where the ordinary becomes fantastic and the known becomes surreal as their shared experience creates unlimited imagination and play.” It’s both Anderson-Craig and Dooling’s first book.
Third Man Books’ announcement adds that The Magic of We is “is not only for kids, but adults, too,” as evidenced by adoring blurbs from Cedric Bixler-Zavala (The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In) and Juan Alderete de la Peña (The Mars Volta). The former asks, “Have you ever met the missing piece to your puzzle? The Magic of We will reaffirm your faith in love,” while the latter promises, “Read The Magic of We, and your heart will expand with joy.”
The publisher’s first release was We’re Going To Be Friends, penned by White and illustrated by animator Elinor Blake. The children’s book, released last November, was based upon the White Stripes song of the same name. And speaking of songs, White himself has a new solo album on the way, titled Boarding House Reach and due out on March 23 via Third Man/Columbia. You can listen to its latest single, lively funk number “Corporation,” right here.
The Magic of We will be released in bookstores on Feb. 13—preorders are open now. Your preorder options include both a standard edition and a special limited edition, which includes a 7” vinyl record (also available to Third Man Vault members) featuring exclusive music from Grammy-winning keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, renowned for his work with White and The Mars Volta. The standard edition includes a download of same.
Watch a charming, Owens-soundtracked trailer for The Magic of We below.