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Pop legend Neil Sedaka writes children's book, reflects on career

The cover of Sedaka's book,
The cover of Sedaka's book, "Dinosaur Pet." Credit: Loren Kegler/Mouth Public Relations

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Songwriter and composer Neil Sedaka is a humble guy who's not afraid to parody his famous pop songs. His new book, "Dinosaur Pet," co-written by his son Marc and illustrated by Tim Bowers, depicts a lighthearted friendship between a young boy and his pet dinosaur. But enclosed in the book is a CD with three all new songs, including the book's title-track with Sedaka's grandchildren on backing vocals to the tune of "Calendar Girl".

He says the inspiration for the book came from his desire to give younger generations what he gave their parents and grandparents in earlier years. Although he's a much older man, Sedaka still speaks of his music and career with the same passion and interest as someone eager to relive it all over again.

Sedaka finished up his book tour at Book Soup in West Hollywood last week and told Off-Ramp's Sam Blum his feelings on music's immortality and a few surprises he has lined up in the near future.