Children’s Books From Unexpected Authors
We love people with multiple careers over here at goop: Here, some bedside reading from unlikely kid’s book writers.
Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar by Keith Richards
It’s only natural for Keith Richards (father, grandfather, rockstar) to pen a sweet, deeply personal tribute to the man who introduced him to his first guitar, his grandfather, Theodore Augustus Dupree—or simply, Gus. To keep up with the familial theme, illustrations for Gus & Me were done by one of Richards’ daughters (and her great-grandfather’s namesake), Theodora Richards, who mined family photographs for inspiration. Best part: The book comes with a CD of Keith Richards recounting tales of his beloved granddad.
My Yiddish Vacation by Ione Skye
Ione Skye penned My Yiddish Vacation, a sweet picture book based on her own childhood memories, with little intention of publishing it. Luckily, her husband convinced her to share it with the world. While telling the story of Ruth and Sammy’s trip to Florida, where they get to spend a few fun-filled weeks with their grandparents, Skye artfully sprinkles in Yiddish vocabulary with thoughtful and easy to comprehend explanations.
The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Screenwriter, comedian, actor, and now, children’s book author, B.J. Novak took the traditional image-heavy approach to storytelling and decided it wasn’t his thing with The Book with No Pictures. You won’t find a single picture. Instead, it’s an adorable monologue of “blurks,” “glibbity-globbitiy-s,” “dooongy-s” and other hilarious sounds. Kids think it’s pretty hilarious.
Naked! by Michael Ian Black
Sometimes wearing clothes is overrated. The little boy in Michael Ian Black’s picture book, Naked! streaks through the house, makes a pitstop to snack on a cookie, and takes a gleeful slide down the stairs, all while wearing nothing but his birthday suit (and occasionally, a cape). Eventually, much to his parents relief, he gets tuckered out and opts for some pajamas.
If Dogs Run Free by Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan fans will love this sweet interpretation of his canine-themed 1970’s hit, If Dogs Run Free. Kids will go nuts for Scott Campbell’s detailed illustrations, and all parents/babysitters/librarians/grandparents will appreciate the message: Just do what you love, the rest will follow.
The Pied Piper of Hamelin: Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales by Russell Brand
Leave it to Russell Brand to take an age-old tale—in this case, The Pied Piper of Hamelin—and lend it a healthy serving of humor and a cleverly disguised social message. Best suited for the middle-school-and-older set, Brand’s version of the story paints the townspeople as nasty bullies, the rats as anarchists, andm of course, the Pied Piper as an enlightened vigilante. Combined with Chris Riddell’s vivid illustrations, the book is nothing short of what you’d expect from Russell Brand: It’s an experience.