Exclusive: Tori Spelling to write a children's book

EW has learned that Simon & Schuster — publisher of Spelling’s two previous best-sellers, sTORI Telling and Mommywood —has signed the actress to her first children’s book, Presenting…Tallulah, the tale of a spunky little girl who is constantly told what not to do: not to wear jeans, not to get dirty. Tallulah, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton, goes on sale September 21 (Spelling’s third adult title, uncharted terriTori, will be out in June). “I love reading to my kids. It’s our special time together,” Spelling said. The book’s jacket looks very much like a young Tori. But the name? According to S&S, Spelling just likes the name Tallulah.

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  • maiv

    i gotta say, whoever comes up with the titles for her adult books is pretty clever

  • Strepsi

    SInce it seems any celeb can get a book deal, this article would be more surprising if it were headlined “Tori Spelling to read a children’s book”.

    • molly

      hehe :)

  • Jennifer E

    I am so sick of “celebrities” (note the quotation marks–they mean “so called”) getting book deals to write children’s books, when there are so many talented, real writers out there waiting to be discovered. And I resent it even more when my local public library uses MY tax dollars to buy dreck by Madonna and other pseudo writers.

    • Kellie

      Agree…it just is slimey, gooey wrong!

      Won’t get a penny from me, I do not buy “celebrity” children books. They do not need more pop culture preached to them.

  • walter

    Oh, the Tallulah series is going to be my favorite. I can’t wait until Tallulah gets her first hangover, her first tramp stamp, her first rehab stint, and finally her first reality TV show. That’s gold, Tori, gold! Or should I say, that’s Torieffic!

    • Belle

      LOL!!

  • van

    Ugh! I used to work in the Children’s Section of my library and I would cringe every time I had to shelve a celebrity’s book with the standard GIANT picture of them on the back cover. The only two I actually like and support are Jaime Lee Curtis and Julie Andrews mainly because if they even put their picture on book, it’s on the back flap where it belongs!

  • Ed

    EW, while I realize that by reporting on these types of celebrities you get more people to click onto the link, but please, please, please, can you use the book section of your site to talk about real authors who take their writing seriously? I am so tired of celebrities who “write” books. They have ghostwriters and enough exposure. They don’t really need the publicity from a blog talking about the new book they “wrote.” There are plenty of writers, however, that have put a lot work into the books they’ve written, and all they need is someone to, I don’t know, write a story or a blog about them and their book. What a novel idea for a blog about books. EW, please highlight real authors who need some word-of-mouth, and you can save this type of fluff for PopWatch.

    • Janet

      I second this.

  • estelle

    UGH! Tori Spelling is writing yet another book about her favorite topic…herself!!only this time it is about her young self! Who would want to read that to their children?

  • JPX

    Please. Someone else is obviously ghost writing these books for Tori – after all, she’s not the brightest bulb. It’s sad that there are many aspiring authors who can actaully write who will never be given opportunities like these.

  • Sam

    Why can’t this overated loser of a skank just go away from the public eye once and for all. There’s enough crap on the library shelves as it is. we don’t need this trash added to it.

  • April

    I’m sure that I’m going to get killed for writing this, but I’m a huge fan of Tori’s books. If you watch her show (and I do) you see her talking about having to meet deadlines for writing her chapters and having writer’s block and trying to make it funny. I think that Tori Spelling knows who she is and does a good job of trying to take experiences from her very surreal life and relate them to people who aren’t born to Hollywood royalty. Obviously I’m a huge fan of hers and I think she’s bright enough to be able to reinvent herself and keep supporting her family.

    • Elizabeth

      Yes! I have read all three of her books and found them entertaining, real and very funny. All I read is biographies and although they are not historical in nature they are great for a laugh. Those of you that are quick to condemn need to take a chill or read her book:)
      Thanks for reading my thoughts and have a blessed day.

  • Dwight K Schrute

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • pete

    Maybe Tallulah will grow up and meet a married man who just adopted a child with his wife, have an affair with him, break up his marriage, and then write books about being a mommy.

    • view askew

      Too far out there. Could never happen.

  • Kylie

    I saw that this book was compared with JK Rowling but JK came from obscurity to attempt to make her living as a writer.

    It is harder for the next JK Rowling to get their name in if celebrities are crowding this market. And do they have background in child psychology or a writer. Plus kids don’t need the celebrity name to sell the books.

    Find new writers.

  • fan of tori

    I wish that people would quit picking on Tori, because she works damn hard for her money. I didn’t like her until I learned that she is just as normal as the rest of us. Because after her father died so did any money coming her way.

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