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What Celebrity Kids Book Authors Really Want to Say

By Madeline Holler |

jamie lee curtis, stories for kids

The real story behind all those celebrity-penned kids books

Ever read anything from the stack of kids books written by a celebrity? With one exception (Jamie Lee Curtis), they’re mostly unfunny musings from comedians (Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld), self-pitying tales of woe (Tori Spelling, Madonna), or illustrated capitulations to the hand they were dealt in life (Julie Andrews, Sarah Ferguson).

Gwynne Watkins breaks down the stories for kids written by movie stars and other celebrities in a hilarious Vulture post in New York Magazine.

Watkins gives us the real moral of trendy Hollywood kids lit.

Short version: celebrity gossip bad (Madonna), mash-ups good (Paul McCartney), freckles frustrating (Julianne Moore) and never use a comb to extract roast beef from a grill (Leno).

Literature, for you children.

One more thing: Jay Leno wrote a kids book? How did I miss that?

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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “What Celebrity Kids Book Authors Really Want to Say

  1. E says:

    Don’t worry about missing the Jay Leno book. It is a piece of utter crap.

  2. Kikiriki says:

    Julie Andrews is actually a wonderful writer! “The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles” and “Mandy” are two of my favorites. She writes under her real last name, which is Edwards.

  3. mommaonabudget says:

    John Lithgow wrote at least one really good kids’ book … I love Micawber! (I haven’t read his others.)

  4. mbaker says:

    Steve Martin wrote some awesome kids’ books. They are funny, creative and clever and my son loves them.

  5. Marj says:

    The only one I’ve read on that list is Madonna’s. SO annoying! The message I got was – “Just because someone is the prettiest, smartest, richest, coolest, best dressed and nicest, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be friends with them.”

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