The New Face of Children’s Literature?
Tomorrow, Rolling Stones legend Keith Richards' autobiographical children's book, Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, hits stores. The 32 page book was illustrated by his 29 year-old grand daughter, Theodora.
"It seemed appropriate with the two things coinciding," Richards said. He asked Theodora to create illustrations for the project, even though she'd never drawn professionally. "I had to keep it in the family," says Keith.
Theodora, meanwhile, recalls, "We were at dinner and dad was like, 'I have a surprise for you.' I read the first few lines and realized he was asking me to do the book. I've always loved to draw, but I've never put it out there."
Keith's daughter says her father always has been a good storyteller, and tells People that he used to delight her and her younger sister Alexandra by making up different tales to go along with a picture book of kittens that they had.
"Every night it would be different, and I would say, 'The cat did not say that yesterday,'" shares Theodora. "But he would come up with these witty one-liners that would send me and Alexandra into tizzies." She adds that Keith's grandchildren also are crazy about him.
A few months ago, the WMMQ listeners suggested titles for the book.
My personal favorite was. "Everybody Pukes. The Keith Richards Story."
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