When it comes to celebrity books, Linda Sue Park asks only for better editing. Because the authors are amateurs and the publicity extensive, Park argues that "with celebrity titles, publishers have even more responsibility than usual to produce a good book," and that to let something by that is second-rate shows a lack of respect for children. Yes--and a lack of respect for those celebrity-writers, too, although perhaps they don't care.
But can I just say that I have some trouble with the Jamie Lee Curtis Exception, where we routinely exempt her books from celebrity-book stigma? Curtis's books are as message-y as Madonna's, and their child-voice sounds synthetic to me. Sure, there are worse, but isn't there always? Frankly, I think we give her a pass because of the illustrations by Laura Cornell, which have a distinctive style of their own and bear no resemblance to the labored realism that is too often seen illustrating the pages of celebrity picture books.