These books were written by the hippest of the hip celebrities, and they are sure to bump up your kids street cred as they don their bookshelves. Maybe not, but they will definitely make you the coolest parent on the block.
Ralph Steadman, the nutzo illustrator for the gonzo journalist, Hunter S. Thompson, has written quite a few children’s books. It makes sense, really. His art resembles the work of a child…a creepy genius kind of child. He channeled his child-like tendencies very well; his books are funny, ridiculous, cute and have the coolest freakin pictures, ever! My son has Garibaldi’s Biscuits and he gives it two thumbs up!
Weird Al Yankovic, need I say more? When I Grow Up is Al’s first picture book. It’s about an 8-year-old boy named Billy who’s going over what he would like to be when he grows up with his classmates. Only he does it in exuberant rhyme, and all types of jobs pop up (of course, it’s Weird Al) from a gorilla masseuse to an artist who sculpts chocolate mousse!
Did you know that Andy Warhol illustrated a children’s book in 1958? Me neither until yesterday, you’re welcome! Warhol did some bright and colorful artwork for a story called The Little Red Hen which was part of a series known as Best In Children’s Books. A year later, he illustrated 7 stories for the series! With some dedicated digging, you can find them on Amazon, and get a Warhol of your own…kind of.
Remember that Bob Dylan song, Man Gave Names to All the Animals? Well, it was turned into a children’s book! Illustrator, Jim Arnosky, decided kid should enjoy it in the form of a book. It’s chock full of over 170 pictures of animals, plus a CD of Dylan’s original recording. The song is perfect for kids and I’m sure the book is too.
The Wildwood Chronicles is a book by none other than the Decemberists frontman, Colin Meloy, and his lady, Carson Ellis. This project was started many moons ago, before The Decemberists notoriety began. After tons of touring and work, the couple decided to go back to the idea, and, voila! Wildwood is here! It sounds pretty cool…might buy this today, actually.