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Channing Tatum Is Coming Out With His First Children’s Novel

And it’s dedicated to his daughter Everly.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Sep 2020
actor channing tatum releases a children's book called sparkella
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Channing Tatum, actor and director, is now coming out with his first children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella.

The book is dedicated to his 7-year-old daughter, Everly, whom he shares with ex Jenna Dewan. “To Everly, the most brilliant magical being that I have ever known,” Tatum, 40, writes in the book’s dedication. “You are my greatest teacher…My only wish is for more time in this life to play in all of the magical realms we have created. This is also for all Dads that might have a little girl…Wear whatever, dance however, and be as magical as you can. Because I promise they will return the love."

The book, illustrated by Kim Barnes and set to be published in May 2021 by Feiwel & Friends, People reports, tells the tale of a young girl, Ella, who gets teased on her first day of school because she loves sparkly things. Her dad, however, tells her to keep wearing her glittery ribbons and disco-ball shoes and encourages her to embrace her individuality. The book also celebrates the bond between a father and his daughter.

According to People, the book will be the first in a series of children’s books about Sparkella. While the Magic Mike actor has several ongoing projects—including DOG, which will be his directorial debut—he says his absolute favorite role is being a dad to Everly.

On his social media, the actor has previously posted all the activities they do together, including getting pedicures, wrestling and boxes—and he previously said Everly loves all three. He has also previously spoken about Everly’s independent personality.

In a 2018 interview with Entertainment Tonight he said, discussing his daughter’s dance classes, “She’s on the ground, rolling around. Every kid is up doing the proper stuff, but she’s just doing her own thing. I wish I could take credit for that, but I can’t, really. That’s really all her. I think kids come out a little bit of what they’re going to be, and then you foster that to be whatever you hope her to be in the world.”

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