'The Middle' Star Eden Sher Penning Funny Kids Book 'Emotionary' (Exclusive)

Words to capture emotions that don’t have words to explain them.
Courtesy of Penguin Random House

Eden Sher is getting "emotionary" for the kids. 

The actress, best-known for playing Sue Heck on ABC's The Middle, is writing The Emotionary: A Dictionary of Words That Don’t Exist for Feelings That Do, publisher Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers, announced Monday.

For her whole life, Sher explained in a statement announcing the book, she felt like see suffered from dyscommunicatia (n. the inability to articulate a feeling though words). When that would happen, she would invent a word to capture her emotion. Now she’s bringing that creativity to a book with illustrations from graphic novelist Julia Wertz (The Fart Party).

"When I found out Penguin wanted to make The Emotionary, I couldn’t believe I was going to get paid to be obsessive, neurotic and emotionally self-indulgent, all things I do for free,” joked Sher. “I feel super apraziative (amazed + appreciative, adj. in humble disbelief of another’s praise) of them for giving me this platform to share my crazy with the rest of the world, and I hope this book makes others feel at least somewhat solidated (solace + validated, adj. relieved from feeling wholly understood by another)."

"We knew this was a standout project as soon as we heard the subtitle: 'A dictionary of words that don’t exist for feelings that do,'" added Razorbill senior editor Jessica Almon. "The Emotionary is your hilarious guide to that language — and we suspect a lot of emotional people out there will find it very useful.”

The Emotionary is set to be published Oct. 18.

Sher has been nominated for a Critics' Choice Award for best supporting actress in a comedy series four times, winning in 2013. In addition to The Fart Party strip, Wertz is known for her illustrated memoir Drinking at the Movies.

Almon acquired the book for Razorbill. Sher was repped by Erin Malone at WME Entertainment on the book deal.

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