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Jim Carrey to publish children's book

Jim Carrey joins the world of children's book publishing this fall with the picture book How Roland Rolls. The Canadian-born actor — both a father and a grandfather — will officially unveil his first book in September.

Actor wrote How Roland Rolls to encourage parents to spend time with kids

Jim Carrey has penned his first book, How Roland Rolls, a children's title set for release this fall. (Dan Steinberg/The Associated Press)

Jim Carrey will join the world of children's book publishing this fall with the illustrated title How Roland Rolls.

The Canadian-born actor — both a father and a grandfather — will officially unveil his first book in September, according to publisher Perseus Distribution Client Services.

"So many children today are suffering from their parents’ busy lives, how much time and energy it takes just to provide for the family and keep the household working. Often, the kids are relegated to electronic games, TV and surfing the Internet -- all poor substitutes for parental engagement. We need to have things we can enjoy together," Carrey wrote on the book's website.

How Roland Rolls features illustrations by animator Rob Nason. (Howrolandrolls.com)

"I wrote How Roland Rolls specifically as a way for parents and grandparents to enjoy some quality hang-time. I hope the message of the story will help them feel connected, worthwhile, and a part of something vast and grand. Personally, I believe that time spent telling them a bedtime story is as close to heaven as we will get in this world. "

Featuring illustrations by Rob Nason — an animator who has worked on animated films such as Anastasia, Titan A.E. and Thumbelina — the book tells the story of a wave named Roland.

"[Carrey] is such a vibrant, dynamic actor who brings amazingly vivid characters to life, and I think children will respond to the energy and enthusiasm he has brought to How Roland Rolls," Perseus president Sabrina McCarthy said in a statement.

Most recently seen in the film The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, the Golden Globe-winning actor best known for wacky comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Dumb & Dumber and Bruce Almighty drew headlines this spring for his spoof video skewering the gun lobby. Carrey has been outspoken about U.S. gun control amid a spate of high-profile shootings.

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