"The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless" tells the story of Minerva McFearless, her brother Max and a coyote named Mr. Devilstone, the New York Daily News reported. Zappa said the book began as illustrations, but he found an editor who wanted a story with the pictures.
The writing was a slow process.
"If I want to write 'The cat is red,' I might write 'cat red,'" he says. "I'd think that I had written a whole sentence, but realized that I hadn't when I went back over my work."
Zappa said that as a child teachers and school officials tended to think he must have eye problems. His dyslexia was not diagnosed for years.
His parents let him drop out of school after the eighth grade and continue his education at home. That was where his artistic talents blossomed.