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Madonna's book: Zillions printed, 8,000 sold.
BBC On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 24 September, 2003 | staff writer

Posted on 09/24/2003 10:05:35 AM PDT by yankeedame

Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UK

Madonna book sells 8,000 copies

This was Madonna's first attempt at children's fiction Madonna's children's book The English Roses has sold just over 8,000 copies in its first week in the UK. The book, launched amid a blaze of publicity, made it to number 17 in the national book chart, according to data company Nielsen Bookscan.

It was the second bestselling children's book of the week, behind JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book.

This week the top-selling book in the UK, David Beckham's autobiography My Side, sold 103,508 copies.

Madonna's book, her first for children, has been translated into 42 languages and is on sale in 100 countries.

The English Roses sold 8,270 copies in its opening week, 220 copies fewer than the number one children's book, JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was first published in June.

The Harry Potter book, which also backed by a massive marketing campaign, sold more than 1.7 million copies in the UK on it first day of release three months ago through bookshops and the internet.

To mark the launch of The English Roses, Madonna threw a tea party in Kensington, west London, on 14 September inviting friends and celebrities and their children , including actress Patsy Palmer and interior designer Linda Barker.

The guests were invited to walk up a pink, sparkly carpet, surrounded by barriers adorned with butterflies and roses.

Madonna then read an extract of the book, aimed at children over the age of six, to the assembled young audience.

Children's poet Michael Rosen commented that in the book "Madonna takes on the voice of a slightly bossy teacher, telling her readers to not interrupt and to listen carefully" in a review of The English Roses for BBC News Online.


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1 posted on 09/24/2003 10:05:38 AM PDT by yankeedame
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To: yankeedame
Maybe teach girls how to do a lesbian french kiss?
2 posted on 09/24/2003 10:11:44 AM PDT by TUX
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To: TUX
I think 8,000 is more than her last album sold.
3 posted on 09/24/2003 10:13:24 AM PDT by zencat
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To: yankeedame
It hard to believe 8000 people bought Madonna's book for their kids.
4 posted on 09/24/2003 10:16:52 AM PDT by gitmo (Zero Tolerance = Intolerance)
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To: yankeedame
I think that the small sales derive, not from her rock persona, but from the fact that (a) parents of the same children are already burned out from the recent Harry Potter frenzy, (b) kids are unaware of Madonna - perhaps even as a rock star (some kids are really too young for rock) - and certainly that she has a book out, so they're not bugging their parents about getting it.
5 posted on 09/24/2003 10:16:55 AM PDT by DonQ
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To: DonQ
Madonna who?
6 posted on 09/24/2003 10:19:57 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Looking for a Shrugged Atlas.)
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To: gitmo
No one bought for kids, all 8,000 bought by her gay fans. She's the new Cher
7 posted on 09/24/2003 10:22:52 AM PDT by babble-on
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To: goodnesswins
I thought she was pouring shots and ucapping beers on Avenue A & 6th ? Books? Childrens?

I have to say, I know No one that is interested in buying a CD from her catalogue. She is on a downhill. Too Much Fun to watch.

8 posted on 09/24/2003 10:24:05 AM PDT by Afronaut (Vote for me now. Iíll let you know what I believe later)
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To: Afronaut
Editorial cartoon in our local paper: Kid, peeking out from under the covers, terrified. Dad, "I guess that's enough Madonna for one night." Book cover: "If You Give a Dominatrix a Cookie." ROTFL!
9 posted on 09/24/2003 10:55:34 AM PDT by 50sDad ("There are FOUR LIGHTS! FOUR LIGHTS!")
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To: yankeedame
And Madonna's next series of books will be aimed at the weekend gardener, starting with her first book, '101 Things You Can Do With A Ho'
10 posted on 09/24/2003 11:14:49 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ain't Skeered...)
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To: gitmo
"It hard to believe 8000 people bought Madonna's book for their kids."

Uh, methinks all these copies were bought by reporters and those who needed bookmarks for their favorite sado-masochistic pose in her coffee table size book "Sex".
11 posted on 09/24/2003 11:15:12 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: yankeedame
Couldn't happen to a better slut. Too bad hillary's book did do the same.
12 posted on 09/24/2003 11:16:48 AM PDT by Lucky2 (If I find out you're a democrat... I'm not going to like you!)
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To: yankeedame
I think about that many saw her last movie, and these were mainly critics bent on writing maliciously bad reviews.
13 posted on 09/24/2003 11:19:25 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: yankeedame
Government funded libraries and schools buy whatever book the publishers send them.

It's not like their spending their own money or anything.

14 posted on 09/24/2003 11:20:16 AM PDT by dead (All that is not mandatory is prohibited.)
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To: yankeedame
Eight thousand, eh? She needs to call the DNC offices as I understand a Mr. McAuliffe personally purchased one million eight hundred thousand copies of some other chick's book.
15 posted on 09/24/2003 11:26:27 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: Quilla
not to mention the PRC's 200k.
16 posted on 09/24/2003 11:37:44 AM PDT by kallisti
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To: Quilla
Speaking of chicks...I guess Madonna has had to change her career just as the Dixie Chicks had to change their audience.
17 posted on 09/24/2003 11:45:03 AM PDT by BushisTheMan
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To: BushisTheMan
And speaking of witches...


18 posted on 09/24/2003 11:52:03 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: yankeedame
What's her publicist going to do with 8,000 books?
20 posted on 09/24/2003 1:59:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne
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To: yankeedame
The publisher, Puffin, reports that Madonna's The English Rose, is "the fastest-selling children's picture book of all time." It sold more than ten thousand in just the UK in the first week, a mere 220 copies fewer than the latest Harry Potter did in its first week. It was released simultaneously in 100 countries, and in 30 languages. The leading London bookstore says Madonna's book "is selling incredibly well". It is the first of five projected children's books that Madonna plans.
21 posted on 09/25/2003 8:54:24 AM PDT by DonQ
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