Celebrity tales

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“So lu­cra­tive has the celebrity chil­dren’s book busi­ness be­come that the chil­dren’s sec­tions of book shops are awash with ac­tors, pop singers and politi­cians, even an al­leged mob­ster, all try­ing to grab their mar­ket share. [. . .]

“Cur­rently sell­ing briskly in both the UK and Amer­ica are kids’ books by Paul McCart­ney, Julie An­drews, Kylie Minogue and [. . .] Madonna. Add them all up and this starts to look not so much as a phe­nom­e­non as a stam­pede. [. . .]

“It is scary be­cause it sug­gests that celebri­ties be­lieve the hype about their own abil­i­ties. Worse, it im­plies a depth of pub­lic ob­ses­sion about the fa­mous that is even more ex­treme than we re­al­ize. It is one thing­towant­to­knowwhichcelebrity is sleep­ing with which, who has fallen out with whom, the stuff and non­sense­oftabloid­pruri­ence.Butto want to lis­ten in to the most in­ti­mate bed­timesto­riestold­by­acelebri­tyto her or his child, ir­re­spec­tive of their worth, is bor­der­ing on the weird.”

Ed Pilkington, writ­ing on “Once upon a time,” Nov. 3 in the Guardian

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