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Five celebrities who've delved into the world of children's books

March 02, 2016 - 11:40 AM

TORONTO - "Little Britain" star David Walliams is among the many celebrities who've made the unlikely move into the world of children's books.

Here are five others who've also written books for youngsters:

— Keith Richards, "Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar": The Rolling Stones guitarist explains in this 2014 picture book how he got his love of music as a kid from his jazz-loving grandfather. Richards's daughter, Theodora Dupree Richards, illustrated.

— John Travolta, "Propeller One-Way Night Coach: A Fable for All Ages": The "Saturday Night Fever" star, who also happens to be a certified private pilot, writes of a boy who longs to fly a plane. He published the story in 1997, the same year he starred in the face-transplant thriller "Face/Off" with Nicolas Cage.

— Spike Lee, "Please, Baby, Please": The "Malcolm X" director and his lawyer-wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, detail a day in the life of raising a baby girl in this 2006 picture book. The art is by Kadir Nelson, who painted Toronto rapper Drake for his "Nothing Was the Same" album cover.

— George Foreman, "Let George Do It!": The former heavyweight champion used his own family as inspiration for this picture book, about a man named Big George and his five sons who are also all named George. They also have a dog and a bird named — you guessed it! — George.

— Queen Latifah, "Queen of the Scene Book and CD": The Grammy-winning rapper-actress writes in rhyme about a sassy young girl who rules the playground and flaunts her girl power in front of the boys. Frank Morrison did the art.

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