Madonna's first venture into the literary world came with the release of her 1992 coffee table book, SEX. The book proved to be a massive success, selling out its entire first edition. She later released another coffee table photography book entitled The Girlie Show which had an accompanying live CD with exclusive tracks from the tour.
In recent years, she had success writing a series of children's books. In 2003, Madonna signed a contract with Callaway Arts & Entertainment. On September 15, 2003, she released her first children's book, The English Roses, and it instantly became the biggest and fastest selling book ever by a first-time children's author. The book debuted at number one on the New York Times Bestsellers List for children's picture books and remained there for an impressive eighteen weeks. The English Roses received the widest launch in publication history as it was released in over a hundred countries on the same day; it also debuted in thirty languages. It is now available in 40 languages and in more than 110 countries worldwide.
Her series of books may very well mark the existence for the first time of kabbalist children's books. All of the books strive to teach lessons Madonna has learned in her study of this branch of Jewish mysticism as well as lessons she has learned throughout her life. For example, in The English Roses, her lead character's name, Binah, comes from the word Kabbalists use for "Understanding".
Madonna's subsequent releases, Mr. Peabody's Apples and Yakov and the Seven Thieves, were both released within a year of The English Roses. They also debuted at number one on the New York Times list and became international best sellers. Combined, Madonna's first three children's books have sold over one and a half million copies worldwide. The Adventures of Abdi was her least successful book. Her latest book, Lotsa de Casha, debuted at number three on the New York Times’ Bestsellers List. For the Lotsa de Casha promotion, Madonna did a photoshoot with photographer, Lorenzo Agius; 8 pictures (including the cover picture) were released in the U.S. magazine Ladies Home Journal with an exclusive interview inside.
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