stephen colbert vs south carolina Stephen Colbert of 'Colbert Report' lands chidren's book dealRumors of Stephen Colbert‘s death have been greatly exaggerated. The fake news favorite returned to his post as host of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central on Monday night after a week-long absence to tend to a family emergency.

He’s also announced a brand new book deal. His children’s book, titled “I Am A Pole (And So Can You)” is due for a May 8, 2012 release via Grand Central Publishing, reports MediaBistro.

“The book came about as a result of a two-part interview that Stephen Colbert did last month with legendary children’s book author, Maurice Sendak, on The Colbert Report. During the interview, Colbert gave viewers a preview of a children’s book he was in the midst of writing. The interview went viral and immediately became an internet sensation, with fans clamoring for copies of the book,” says a statement from the publisher.

Colbert adds, “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children’s book. I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.”