Chapter Six

Celebrity Picturebooks

books for children (even grown-up ones)

Tag line from Madonna's children's books

In Crossover Fiction, I discussed the recent trend of bestselling adult writers crossing over from adult books to children's and young adult books in the wake of the unprecedented commercial success of the Harry Potter series that made J. K. Rowling the first international media superstar from the literary world.1 When famous people such as Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, and Isabel Allende invade the field of children's literature, at least they know how to write even if they do not necessarily know how to write children's books. Writing for children has become so trendy over the past fifteen years or so that celebrities from all ...

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