5 Surprising New Celeb-Written Kids’ Books
Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, by Keith Richards
From rocker to shocker: The Rolling Stones stalwart, now a 70-year-old grandfather, delivers the startlingly sweet, warm story of his own grandfather and the bond they formed through music. Richards’s daughter Theodora, named for her great-grandfather, illustrates.
To buy: $11, amazon.com.
Nightmares!, by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Though adults may know him as the star of everything from Freaks and Geeks to Sex Tape, Segel showed a far gentler self as the writer/star of The Muppets. He taps into both sides for his first novel, which is pleasantly scary and knowingly comical.
To buy: $7, amazon.com.
The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak
The title says it all. The book unfolds without a single image and through words alone—and some are silly, silly words indeed. Which makes complete sense coming from a humorist, producer, and actor (The Office) who has made a career out of funny words. Out on September 30.
To buy: $15, amazon.com.
The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Emma Thompson
Thompson, who has a couple of Oscars sitting on her mantel, including one for best adapted screenplay (Sense and Sensibility), is on her third Peter Rabbit tale, continuing the legacy of Beatrix Potter. Out on September 30.
To buy: $14, amazon.com.
Outlaw Pete, by Bruce Springsteen
Now follow along: The first book from the Boss (about a bank-robbing baby) is based on a song (of the same name, from 2009’s Working on a Dream) that Springsteen himself based on a children’s book (Brave Cowboy Bill) his mother used to read to him, once upon a time. Out on November 4.
To buy: $9, amazon.com.