The Decemberists rocker Colin Meloy has teamed up with his wife to write a trilogy of children's books.
Meloy has taken a break from his pursuits with the band to pen The Wildwood Chronicles for publisher Balzer & Bray, with his partner Carson Ellis serving as the illustrator.
He tells the New York Times, "In a book you have to consider the repercussions. In a song, after three and a half minutes, it's done."
The novels are aimed at kids between the ages of nine and 12, despite featuring some violence.