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By Bianca Schulze, The Children’s Book Review
Published: May 11, 2010

boo·ka·raz·zi: A freelance blogger who pursues celebrities who read books, to create posts that promote children’s literature.

Children’s books written by celebrities are growing in abundance. The latest books to join this category are The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah and The Very Fairy Princess by Julie Andrews. I haven’t had a chance to flip through either of these titles, but they look promising. However, in a world where it is quite difficult to become a published author, it seems that celebrities have the upper-hand: their media presence immediately creates a publishing opportunity that is hard to pass, consumers love celebrities.

So … how do you know whether the next celebrity written children’s book that you find in your hands is going to be quality? For starters, take a look at the suggestions offered in the comments field on these two fab blogs:

If you’re scouting for a nice Halloween treat for your little witch, ladybug, ghost, or cowboy, I found all of the following new picture books to be very impressive:

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying ParodyGoodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex

Reading level: Ages 3-6

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (August 14, 2008)

Synopsis: Goodnight monsters everywhere, in this parody romp with its own special twist!

“Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.”

It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.