I generally refrain from cranky-ness as it too often bears no fruit. However, on the subject of celebrity books, I must say that most of the celebrities themselves are in fact unknown to children; the appeal is to parents out of touch with their own young readers. At the very least, these books send the message that quality does not matter. I'm by no means alone in this opinion.
Critics, authors chafe as more celebrities join ranks of children's authors by Karen MacPherson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
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