March 29, 2011 at 3:13 PM ET
Would you let Perez Hilton read your children a bedtime story?
The provocative celebrity blogger hopes so; he's coming out with a children's book next fall. "The Boy With Pink Hair," which promises to celebrate individuality and acceptance, will represent a change of pace for Hilton, who rose to fame by decorating pictures of celebrities with crude anatomical drawings on his blog.
Really, now? Jamie Lee Curtis's series of well-received children's books are lovely; Kristi Yamaguchi's recent kids' book about an ice-skating pig is charming; celebrity author Madonna at least has kids; but a snarky, foul-mouthed gossip blogger penning children's books?
Some people who take children's literature seriously are not amused by the whole celebrity author trend.
Anita Silvey, author of "100 Best Books for Children," told a deeply disapproving Guardian of London writer, "Celebrity books are one of the great negative features of children's publishing in the 21st century. If I were still a publisher, as I used to be, none of these manuscripts would make it past my slush pile."
Parents, do these books make it past your slush pile? Will you be purchasing Perez Hilton's children's book? On a more positive note, what celebrity-written kids' books do you really like?