I nearly choked on my shredded wheat this morning when I read the news that there is to be a new children’s author. Balmoral Press has signed up Gordon Brown for a series of stories for 7 to 9 year olds. The report I read says, ‘These stories are aimed at children but could warm the hearts of 7 to 70 year olds everywhere’.
The stories centre on a village in Scotland called Loch Maghere and a group of boys who get involved in heroic adventures. The main character is Gordy, a plucky, yet sensitive lad who pulls the group back on the right path when things start getting out of hand. A spokesperson for Balmoral Press publicity says, ‘The prime minister has always been interested in heroic and courageous acts.’
A statement was quickly issued by 10 Downing Street, ‘Gordon Brown has a powerful way with words and what better use to put this to than to entertain and influence children. They are, after all, tomorrow’s voters’.
Where will it end? Who else will produce a celebrity children’s book? Has it become the next thing to do before a stint on Big Brother? Is it because writing children’s books is a fall back career for everyone from sex goddess singers to disgraced royals to yesterday’s soap stars?
How can we, as children’s authors, fight back?
I have decided to take singing and dancing lessons and also read up on politics so that I can put myself forward as a candidate for the Leave Children’s Books to Those Who Know How To Do It Party.
The first book in Gordon Brown’s Series will be out in February 2011 and is called Gordy In Trouble.