Many celebrities have written books for children. Actor John Lithgow is one of the most successful. He brings back the charming characters from Down Under in this sequel to his New York Times bestselling book, Marsupial Sue. Sue is back along with her friends from Australia: Adelaide Rabbit, Bartholomew Koala, Sydney Wombat, Winifred Wallaby, Perth Platypus, Melbourne Sheep and Neville, the Tasmanian Devil. The friends are putting on the play "The Runaway Pancake" for their animal friends, complete with makeshift sets and homemade costumes.
The Runaway Pancake is similar to the classic fairy tale The Gingerbread Man, including the unfortunate ending - almost! Lithgow puts a twist to his tale that keeps the reader guessing. The best part about the book is the CD recording of Lithgow performing live before an energetic audience of children. He even sings and plays guitar. You may even find yourself singing along with the taunting song of the Runaway Pancake (No, no. No, no, no. I'm too fast, you're too slow...).
Want another book with "star power"? Here are more books written by celebrities: Please, Puppy, Please by Spike Lee, The English Roses by Madonna, and Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis (click on links below).