Okay, so I can just about deal with Brooke Shields writing a children's book. It's called Welcome to Your World, Baby and is set to release this July. A former pretty baby turned mama is one thing, but flipping over the catalogue page I find Captain Cheech by Cheech Marin. How're you supposed to read a picture book featuring Cheech to your kid with a straight face?
The same catalogue (Simon & Schuster) brings us a new book for middle readers by Simon Winchester called The Day The World Exploded: the Earthshaking Catastrophe at Krakatoa. I think Simon Winchester is great. The Professor and The Madman was brilliant. I somehow missed his best-selling book on Krakatoa for not-so-middle readers, but this looks promising.