Raunchy comic Russell Brand writing children’s books

Raunchy comic Russell Brand writing children’s books

NEW BOOK DEAL: Russell Brand could be coming to your child's bookshelf soon. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Brand’s next act is for kids.

The actor and comedian has a deal with Atria Books for a series called “Russell Brand’s Trickster Tales,” retellings of classic fairy tales.

The publisher announced Wednesday that the first of three planned books, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” will be out Nov. 11. The next two books will arrive in 2015 and 2016. Brand will be collaborating with award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.

Brand’s previous books include the best-selling “My Booky Wook” and “Articles of Faith.”

Recent Headlines

in Local

Springfield Micro-Lending Fund Gives $120K in 1st 2 months

City of Springfield

The city of Springfield’s new micro-lending program has given out a total of $120,000 in loans to small business owners…

in Local

U of I Business Incubator has NSF Grants for Female and Minority Entrepreneurs

u of i research park

The people trying to turn ideas into commerce at the University of Illinois have a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in a program called AWARE.

in Local

SAA Hopes to Restore Lincoln-Era Piano with Crowdfunding Help

lincoln piano

A crowdfunding campaign hopes to raise the final $7,500 needed to bring a possibly 180-year piano back to playable condition.

in Local

Foul Play Not Suspected in Death of Southern Illinois Woman

jeannie schuur

Authorities in southern Illinois say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 22-year-old Murphysboro woman whose body…

in Local

Prosecutors: Man Eyed Targets After Brother Shot

corey morgan

Investigators say a Chicago man suspected in the fatal shooting of a 9-year-old boy went looking for targets after his brother was killed during a months-long gang feud.