Dolly Parton can’t wait to introduce her god-dog Billy the Kid to young readers.
L'icona della musica, 76, will release her third children’s book, Dolly Parton’s Billy the Kid Makes it Big, in aprile 25, 2023, PEOPLE can exclusively announce.
I bambini’ prenotare, which features illustrations by MacKenzie Haley, follows Billy the Kid, a dog who loves barking to the beat of country music and wants to make it big as a country music star in Nashville.
When Billy the Kid runs into bullies at the Battle of the Bow-wows, he must call on his favorite songs and help from new friends to regain his self-confidence and be the star he always knew he could be.
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The picture book will be published by Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, and is aimed at readers ages 4 a 7.
“I am so proud to bring this book and the message it conveys to life,” Parton tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Years back I wrote a song ‘Makin’ Fun Ain’t Funny’ for my children’s album I Believe In You. I wanted kids to understand how harmful bullying can be to someone.”
“When I launched the Doggy Parton line of pet products earlier this year, my god-dog Billy got to be the star of the show. Since he’s a big star now, I knew a story with him at the center could help drive home important messages in a unique way,” lei aggiunge. “I hope this is the first of many books with Billy.”
Parton’s new release follows her two other children’s books, Coat of Many Colors in 1994 e I Am A Rainbow in 2009.