Just came across this blog post: www.disneyhistoryinstitute.com/2014/08/duck-in-hat.html It talks about the creation of a popular 1941 Disney storybook entitled "The Life of Donald Duck", a nicely illustrated "biography" of Donald, which was apparently ghostwritten by Theodor Geisel alias Dr. Seuss.
In 1994 (in honor of Donald's 60th anniversary), Applewood re-issued a facsimile of the book, which included a number of bonus features, including a CD recording of a "fireside chat" between Donald (voiced by Tony Anselmo) and Carl Barks. You can listen to a rather poor quality version of it here: youtu.be/cyIJRCnL5ds
Anyway, I thought this was worth mentioning here. Has anyone ever read the book? It seems to be quite obscure, even the 1994 version.
Thanks for the links, a very interesting find. There's a used copy of the 1994 re-issue on sale for $2.50 on the US Amazon site, in case anyone's interested. This is the first I've heard of this book and I'd be curious as to what its contents are, but given that it was written in 1941, there's unlikely to be much of an influence from the comics on it. Which is what make the choice of a Carl Barks-Donald Duck fireside chat surprising, especially in view of the fact that the character featured in said chat is clearly Cartoon-Donald, not Comics-Donald. A "Tony Anselmo speaks to Donald Duck" piece might have made more sense, given its nature. I wonder how the chat came to be.
Haven't seen or heard this before, but it was cute. The writing wasn't very good... though I did like the gag with Donald having misunderstood the part of a fireside chat, thought Carl had said there was a fire in his house, and came to put it out. Still, worth it just for the novelty of hearing Carl Barks and Donald talk.