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August 11, 2015 08:30 ET

Don't Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons on How to Make a Human Smile

All-New Book From the Popular From Frank Character Brand Debuts at Barnes & Noble,, and Specialty Retailers Nationwide

BEVERLY HILLS, CA--(Marketwired - August 11, 2015) - Genius Brands International, Inc. "GBI" (OTCQB: GNUS), and Chronicle Books announce today the retail debut of the all-new book from the whimsical From Frank™ character brand, Don't Fart When You Snuggle: Lessons On How To Make a Human Smile, by Frank the Dog.

From the creator of the popular greeting card line From Frank, Don't Fart When You Snuggle is a guide to living the good life…of a dog. This playful book offers advice for dogs, by dogs, that's sure to brighten any human's day. Frank the Dog's mission is to make humans smile. And that's exactly what he and his wisecracking pals do in this fun book, which includes photographs accompanied by unfiltered insights into the weird and wonderful relationship that pets share with their humans. Don't Fart When You Snuggle (SRP: $12.95) is now available at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide and, as well as and your local independent bookstores and gift boutiques. Check out Frank's book release trailer.

"We are so excited to share the musings of our beloved Frank with fans everywhere in this new book and hope his advice does what it is intended to do…'make humans smile,'" said From Frank brand owner and founder Kate Smith.

"Frank and his friends inspire all of us, and his goal of making every human smile is a worthwhile endeavor that we should all consider. We are thrilled that our partners at Chronicle Books agreed to take Frank's wisdom from the greeting card aisle to the book aisle so we can spread his mission. Frank gives all of us words to live by in Don't Fart When You Snuggle," said Stone Newman, President, Global Consumer Products, GBI.

From Frank began as a line of witty greeting cards just a few years ago and has grown to become a humor character brand with a tremendous range of new products, including wall calendars (Chronicle Books); journals, desk notes, and note cards (Quarto Publishing); lottery tickets (GTECH); over 40 items including stationery, mugs, dog bowls, wall plaques and other room décor (Enesco); sticky notes (Galison/Mudpuppy); plush (License 2 Play) digital stickers (Bare Tree Media); and a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles (Calendar Club).

About From Frank:

The idea for From Frank, the brainchild of Kate Smith and her French bulldog Frank the Tank, was born in 2008 when Smith combined images capturing Frank's humorous, human-like personality with the quirky, yet happy, comments she imagined Frank saying. Frank's main goal in life is to make humans smile. And since he's not allowed to venture more than a block from his house, his cards and other gift products help him do that. Frank knows how to live life -- he appreciates the little things and quickly forgets the bad ones.

The From Frank brand shares these values with consumers, helping them to take life a little less seriously and ultimately to make them smile.

About Genius Brands International

Headquartered in Beverly Hills, California, Genius Brands International, Inc. "GBI" (OTCQB: GNUS) is a publicly traded global brand management company that creates and licenses multimedia content for toddlers to tweens. Led by award-winning creators and producers CEO Andy Heyward and President Amy Moynihan Heyward, GBI creates "content with a purpose," meaning content that is as entertaining as it is enriching. GBI's growing library of content includes the award-winning Baby Genius, Warren Buffett's Secret Millionaires Club, Thomas Edison's Secret Lab, Llama Llama, from the NY Times bestselling children's book franchise, and Stan Lee's Mighty 7, the first project from Stan Lee Comics, a joint venture with legend Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment.

A Squared Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Genius Brands International, is a brand management and licensing company that represents third-party properties across a broad range of categories in territories around the world. The company currently represents Psycho Bunny, a luxury apparel line, From Frank, a humor greeting card and gift line, and Celessence Technologies, the world's leading microencapsulation company.

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About Chronicle Books

One of the most admired and respected publishing companies in the U.S., Chronicle Books was founded in 1967 and over the years has developed a reputation for award-winning, innovative books. Recognized as one of the 50 best small companies to work for in the U.S. (and the only independent publisher to receive this award), the company continues to challenge conventional publishing wisdom, setting trends in both subject and format, maintaining a list that includes much admired illustrated books and gift products in design, art, architecture, photography, food, lifestyle, pop culture, and acclaimed children's titles. Chronicle Books' objective is to create and distribute exceptional publishing that's instantly recognizable for its spirit, creativity, and value. For more information about Chronicle Books, visit

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