Daily Mail: Russell Brand will undoubtedly have to tone down his lewd stand-up persona when he turns his hand to writing children’s books.
The comedian announced that he will be reinterpreting classic fairly tales in a series of three books this week, to change how young people ‘see the world’.
Trickster Tales will be illustrated by the award-winning artist Chris Riddell, and will begin with the actor’s take on The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
He said: ‘It’s the first of a series called Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales, where I do interpretations of fairy stories and folk tales, believing them to be the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness.’
Brand, who has previously called for an anti-capitalist revolution, is arguably far from an obvious choice of writer to pen a children’s book.
However publisher Jamie Byng said: ‘The pairing of Russell and Chris is a match made in heaven and their series of illustrated retellings has the potential to become a worldwide phenomenon.’
The star, who used to be married to popstar Katy Perry, said in a statement: ‘Fairy stories are a code to change the way children see the world. Once children see the world differently change is inevitable.’
The former drug addict and Get Him To the Greek star released his autobiography My Booky Wook in 2007, with the second installment coming out three years later.
The first of Brand’s children’s books, published by Conangate, will be released in November with the next two books following in 2015 and 2016.
The former Big Brother’s Big Mouth host could also ask his current girlfriend Jemima Khan, who he started dating last year, for advice.
After working for a string of publications including Vanity Fair and the Sunday Telegraph, the 40-year-old is more than qualified to offer some help.