Russell Brand at work on children's books

Russell Brand at work on children's books

Russell Brand is writing a series of books aimed at children, with illustrations by Chris Riddell.

The comedian has posted a video on his YouTube channel to announce the first title in the series, called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales.

The first book  will be a retelling of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. In the video, Brand reads the opening lines of his story: "Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present, exactly like now, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin."

He goes on to describe his reasons for writing a series for children: "It's the first of a series called Russell Brand's Trickster Tales, where I do interpretations of fairy stories and folk tales, believing them to be the code to unlock aspects of our consciousness, and to affect and impact the way that we see the world."

Brand added: "Once we start changing the way children see the world… we can do all sorts of stuff."

In the video, Brand shows pages from the manuscript he is working on, along with illustrations of rats by Riddell, suggesting the announcement is not an April Fool.

Last month, it was announced that Century has signed a new non-fiction book from Brand, covering his views on ecology, rioting, and "the total mistrust of politicians".

Brand released his autobiography My Booky Wook (Hodder & Stoughton) in 2007. It has sold 826,336 copies through Nielsen Bookscan. He also wrote a sequel, and Irons in the Fire (Hodder & Stoughton), a book about his love for football.

The video said that Russell Brand's Trickster Tales will be "coming this autumn", but does not announce a publisher.