Perez Hilton to publish children's book. Really?
Hilton himself, who has often switched up his style, had pink hair on the cover of his 2009 book, "Red Carpet Suicide." That book can now be gotten in hardcover, new, for as little as $2.11 on Amazon. In paperback, it's one penny.
More than once I've heard people in publishing grumble about the glut of celebrity books, which often get large advances yet fail to enthuse readers. They wind up remaindered, or being sold brand new for pocket change.
But this is a little much. Perez Hilton isn't a celebrity, he's a blogger (not that there's anything wrong with that) who writes about celebrities. He's got an amusingly snarky sense of humor and a clumsy talent with MSpaint.
What can we expect of the book? Penguin writes:
"The Boy With Pink Hair" is the story of a child born with a shock of fabulous hair that sets him apart from his peers. While some find this difference hard to accept or understand, "The Boy With Pink Hair" uses the opportunity to find what makes him special and share it with the world. The children’s book is illustrated with vibrant retro-feeling art by first-time illustrator Jen Hill, putting into pictures the fun that comes with embracing individuality.
Hilton, whose given name is Mario Lavandeira, told The Times in 2008, "I want my own little empire." He has a syndicated radio show, but his clothing line with Hot Topic, which was rumored to have fizzled at its launch, is no longer stocked by the stores. Hilton still has his popular website, though -- where he promised, last fall, he'd start being nice.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Perez Hilton shows off his Britney Spears shirt to Justin Bieber at the premiere of Bieber's film "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never." Credit: Getty Images for Paramount Pictures