Once upon a time, kids’ books weren’t writ­ten by celebs

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life -

Is It time to ban ac­tors and celebri­ties from writ­ing chil­dren’s books? too late!

the shame­less hor­rors have noted the suc­cess of David Wal­liams, whose best­selling fic­tion for young read­ers is an es­tab­lished favourite, and stam­peded into the lu­cra­tive arena like Gruf­falo on heat.

Clare Bald­ing has dashed off some old tosh about horses, while Der­mot O’Leary, Ge­orge Gal­loway, Frank Lam­pard, Ju­lian Clary and Fearne Cot­ton are all in there, vy­ing to be the next big thing on the lit­tle ones’ read­ing lists.

Of course, celebri­typenned chil­dren’s books are noth­ing new. From Madonna’s English Roses, Ricky Ger­vais and his Flan­i­mals and sarah Fer­gu­son’s Budgie the Lit­tle He­li­copter, celebs have been keen to be­come au­thors with­out hav­ing to bother with all that com­pli­cated non­sense about proper plots and grown-up writ­ing.

Lis­ten. You don’t have to be able to string two words to­gether, so long as you can read the roy­alty cheque.

It’s so un­fair on gen­uinely tal­ented chil­dren’s au­thors, who are be­ing edged out of the mar­ket by these up­starts. And the chil­dren are miss­ing out, too.

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