After Paul McCartney and Madonna, these rock stars are also reaching out to toddlers from the pages of a book
Father of two sons, Ricky Martin created a character called Santiago the Dreamer for a new kids’ book series. The first instalment is titled Santiago the Dreamer in Land Among the Stars. Part of Martin’s routine is to read books with his children. “We have been doing this through the years. Since last year, it’s all about Santiago. And, you know, Santiago has become a son for me and a brother for my kids,”
says the star.
While you can sing Bruce Springsteen’s song, Outlaw Pete, you can also read a book (of the same name, for children) written by the rock star. Launching on November 4, the story and the song are based on a bank-robbing baby, who realises that some of his choices in life have been wrong. The story has gone full circle—as the song was initially inspired by a story read out to Springsteen by his mother and is now being made into a story again. According to Springsteen, “Outlaw Pete is essentially the story of a man trying to outlive and outrun his sins.”
Back to school
Do you know who ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s alter ego is? A cute school kid named Billy. The pop music star recently authoured his second children’s book, My New Teacher and Me! “Billy, a small boy with a big imagination who meets Mr Booth, his new teacher— a serious man with a strict lesson plan. He’s kind of a weird kid, but he’s got a huge imagination. Billy’s more like the kid I wish I could have been. He’s more sure of himself. And he’s not afraid to speak up and use his voice. I was kind of shy and withdrawn at that age,’’ says the musician.
Even as generations follow the songs of Keith Richards, the star is all geared to make a lasting impression on children with his new book, Gus & Me (Little, Brown), a follow-up to his 2010 autobiography, Life. In a recent interview, he said, “There was a chapter in Life about my grandfather that they said would make a great kids’ story. I wasn’t too sure about it at first —I don’t write children’s books. But, at the same time, I got a call from my daughter Angela, who said, ‘‘Guess what? Your fifth grandchild is on its way.’’ It was like, ‘Hello—something’s happening here,’ so I decided to go ahead with it.”
Singer and song writer Daniel Johnston came up with an engaging and visually-attractive comic book, Space Ducks:An Infinite Comic Book of Musical Greatness, last year. The book combines the songs and experiences of the folk singer. In fact, the singer also released a Space Ducks sound track and a gaming app. The comic book, as well as the song, has lyrics such as “Space ducks/fighting all the evil/all the creepy people/in the war in outer space.” The star sure is having the time of his life.
— Compiled by Mrinalini Sundar