The singer's new book for children was illustrated by Russian artist
Madonna's new book for children entitled “Yakov and the Seven Thieves” will be released in Russia on the singer's birthday, August 16th. Pop star's third book for children was released worldwide on June 21st. Madonna's new creation instantly entered The New York Times best-seller list.
The third book, as the two previous ones – “The English Roses” and “Mr. Peabody's Apples” – became bestsellers both in Europe and in the USA. “The story is about how all of us have the ability to unlock the gates of Heaven - no matter how unworthy we think we are. For when we go against our selfish natures, we make miracles happen, in our lives and in the lives of others," says Madonna about her piece of work.
”Yakov and the Seven Thieves” has been published in 110 countries of the world, and translated into 38 languages. The book was illustrated by Russian artist Gennady Spirin, who is considered to be the best contemporary illustrator of Russian classics. The work of one of the world's best artists to illustrate children's books was perfect to fit the setting of a small town in East Europe, where the action of Madonna's book takes place. Gennady Spirin says “Yakov” teaches children compassion, first and foremost.
Madonna's fourth book of the series entitled “The Adventures of Abdi” will be released worldwide in November 2004.