Jake Gyllenhaal will highlight the special bond of uncles and aunts with their nieces and nephews in a children’s book.
On Thursday November 10, 2022, Feiwel and Friends and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group announced that they would publish Gyllenhaal’s picture book The secret society of aunts and uncles September 5, 2023.
In the same way Somnambulist actor, the book will be co-written by his longtime writing partner and friend Greta Caruso. The book will also feature illustrations by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Dan Santat (The Adventures of Beekle), reported People’s Magazine.
While talking about his inspiration behind the book, Gyllenhaal told the outlet that he wrote it for his nieces “and for all the nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts out there.”
“There’s no shortage of children’s books about their relationships with parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, neighborhood fire trucks, aloof cats and loyal dogs… but what about there aunts and uncles? noted Gyllenhaal.
“As a longtime nephew and seasoned uncle, I wanted to write a book that would shed light on the unique relationship between an aunt or uncle and their niece or nephew – and the little-known (but essential!) craft of the aunt and uncleology,” he said. added.
The Donnie Darko the star’s shared aunts and uncles have a “unique perspective” in their connections to nieces and nephews that he finds “less recognized” than that of the parent-child relationship.
“Parents can often be blinded by the absolute love of parents, and they set rules that sometimes get in the way of fun,” Gyllenhaal told People Magazine. “The kind of fun uncles and aunts can bring, as well as a safe, loving place to be yourself.”
According to the synopsis, the story will follow 10-year-old Leo, his uncle Mo, and “a secret society determined to make their relationship blossom.” The book is “a crazy, magical adventure at the heart of what it means to have an aunt or an uncle – how we learn to keep each other close and how we find love in the simplest things”.
The secret society of aunts and uncles in bookstores on September 5, 2023.