Jamie Lee Curtis, on her unexpected path to children's author: 'I never planned on writing a book'
"What do mommies do?" Actress and children’s book author Jamie Lee Curtis asked her mostly miniature-sized fans that question Saturday from the Target Stage at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. "Everything," a mother loudly replied above the cacophony of children.
Curtis, who is a mom, couldn't agree more. Reading from "My Mommy Hung the Moon: A Love Story," the latest of 10 children’s books she has written, she paid tribute to what she called "the most important relationship you have in your life." Then she added: "And if you do it right, it ends in separation."
Curtis delighted her young audience by describing the book's narrator as a "little boy who loves his mommy and even though he’s 4 or 5, this little boy still thinks his mommy did everything." Coming across an excerpt about teaching a child to burp, Curtis paused and and asked a nearby photographer to demonstrate into the microphone -- drawing giggles from the children and good-natured groans from their parents.
And then it was back to the silly stuff. Curtis followed the entertaining Mallory Lewis, Shari Lewis’ daughter, with the much-loved puppet Lamb Chop. Not to be outdone, Curtis did her best impersonation of the shrieks and wails of a finicky baby. She finished to applause and, throwing a victorious arm into the air, exclaimed, “Take that, Lamb Chop!”
-- Dima Alzayat
Photo: Jamie Lee Curtis at the Target Children's Stage on Saturday.
Photo credit: Dima Alzayat