I Will Survive: A Children's Picture Book (LyricPop)

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Release Date: 
June 1, 2021
Akashic Books
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With a design inspired by the lyrics, “And so you’re back from outer space,” I Will Survive puts a completely new spin on this classic song recorded by Gloria Gaynor in 1978. A total badass alien femme fatale gets her attitude on and exudes girl-power confidence. She deals with the guy who wronged her so much so that he is sure to think twice the next time he tries to pull any of that crap in his next relationship. Think: Betty Boop/Jessica Rabbit meet Joan Jett/P!nk and you’ve got our alien heroine. God help the guy that treads those waters. 

The song lyrics lead the reader on a super fun whirlwind trip around the galaxy as a visual story plays out akin to the era of Warner Brothers’ Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian Saturday Morning Looney Tunes escapades. Alien Diva that she is, the guy is crazy enough to follow her all around the universe only to find her the Queen of the Castle and Belle of the Ball where she, in the end, breaks out her electric guitar and jams a riff that is almost audible through the pages. Dang, girl, you’re not surviving, you’re thriving! And you don’t need a man to do so.

I Will Survive is part of a collection of LyricPop books targeted to young readers up to age seven. Other titles include: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy); (Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay; Don’t Stop; Dream Weaver; Good Vibrations; We Got the Beat, and of course among others, Respect. Each book carries a unique design style and a variety of illustrators. If they are as entertaining as I Will Survive, this series is sure to be a hit (no pun intended).