We've seen the era of celebrity children's books authors come ... and stay. Every celeb from Jeff Foxworthy to Kristi Yamaguchi to Julianne Moore has written a book for kids. Some books penned by celeb authors are really great, some are ... meh. Little did I ever think celebrity blogger Perez Hilton would be on that list.
The man who dishes the dirt on Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and everyone in Hollywood is writing a picture book. Yes, the gossip king himself is joining the ranks of Madonna and Julie Andrews, heading for your kiddo's bookshelf. Titled The Boy With Pink Hair, it is set to hit stores this fall.
Are you a shocked Suzie? Are you already a naysaying Nancy? Don't poo-poo it just yet, mamas!
I'm a book nerd, so is my husband, and (knock wood) Kiddo is too. She loves books, so I'm always on the lookout for new stories, new bedtime tales. But, dang, it's tough to find some good ones.
Writing a children's book, with a good story, some humor, that can hold the interest of both Kiddo and Mommy, is big guns. It's hard. It's near impossible. Definitely not as easy as you would think (take it from me, card-carrying member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, donchaknow).
That being said, I think Perez Hilton may just have what it takes to write a fabu kids' book. Now, hear me out. Sure he's snarky, sassy, he could border close to mean on the scale. But, think about it. Some of the best picture book characters have spunk with a capital S. Take Olivia by the genius Ian Falconer. The pig gets into trouble, she's stubborn, she daydreams, she's annoying at times, she even gets a time-out in the first book about her. Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty is another fantabulous book where humor for Mom and Dad gets mashed with kid fun.
Perez's book is about a boy with -- as the title suggests -- some different colored hair and “celebrates individuality and self-acceptance.” That's a tried-and-true theme for celeb authors, so perfect for Perez. Reminds me of Harvey Fierstein's yummy tale The Sissy Ducking. If Perez goes too far to the snark, it won't be a hit, but methinks his editors will be sure the tone is kid-friendly enough.
And just look at that cute cover -- if all of the "retro-feeling" illustrations by Jen Hill are as groovy as the front, this book-loving mama may just have to pre-order it.
What do you think of Perez Hilton's children's book?
Image courtesy of Penguin Young Readers Group/Celebra Children's Books