Jim Carrey will release a children's book later this month

Carrey's book, titled 'How Roland Rolls,' centers on a wave who soon learns he is part of something bigger than himself by being one section of the ocean.

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Jim Carrey's children's book will be released Sept. 24.

Actor Jim Carrey is turning his attention to children’s literature with his new book, which will be released Sept. 24.

The book, which is dedicated to his grandson, is titled “How Roland Rolls.” 

Carrey told Publishers Weekly he’s found writing extremely rewarding.

“There’s more joy and fulfillment in this project than I could have dreamed,” he said.

The book centers on Roland, a wave who learns he is part of something bigger by being a piece of the large ocean. Carrey said he wanted to write the story to address children’s questions about life and death.

“I want the book to alleviate children’s fears about loss and what would happen to them if they were left alone,” he said. “It’s an early existential crisis, one that I experienced as a child when I was afraid that my parents would die. But when we realize that beneath the surface of things – the activities of our lives – we are all connected, that fear of loss gets softened.”

The e-book version of “Roland” will have four songs performed by Carrey and his daughter, Jane. “Roland” is being released by the actor’s company Some Kind of Garden Media.

Carrey recently appeared in the 2013 comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and also starred in a film adaptation of a classic children’s book, the 2011 movie “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” as well as a 2009 film adaptation of “A Christmas Carol.” In 2004, he took on the role of villainous Count Olaf in the movie adaptation of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” and he told PW he “loved the series. I’d very much look forward to a film sequel.” (A sequel has not been announced.)

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