Channing Tatum Dedicated His First-Ever Children's Book to His Daughter

Elena Nicolaou
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Photo credit: Instagram
Photo credit: Instagram

From Oprah Magazine

From tearing through page-turners to completing puzzles and crosswords, we've all been searching for activities to keep us occupied while in lockdown. Channing Tatum, an actor beloved for his brains and his brawn, went above-and-beyond in his quarantine hobbies. Turns out the Magic Mike actor and dancer has added "children's book author" to his list of accomplishments.

Tatum announced the release of his debut book, The One and Only Sparkella, in an Instagram post. "Guys, I don’t know about you but things got a little weird for me in quarantine. I ended up accidentally locking myself in my 7 year old daughter’s room. And I ended up finding my inner child. So this is what I created for my little girl. From what is, I guess, the little girl in me," Tatum wrote of the book, written entirely during the pandemic.

The One and Only Sparkella was illustrated by Kim Barnes, and will be the first in a series of picture books. According to the official description, The One and Only Sparkella is a "a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter." Ella, the main character, expresses herself in vibrant and glittery outfits. On the first day of school, the very thing she loves about herself renders her the target of bullies.

"[Ella's] first day doesn't go quite as planned: Her new classmates don't like her disco-ball shoes, her PB&J-with-sprinkles sandwich, or her rainbow-y unicorn painting," the description reads. "Ella decides to try to be less sparkly at school the next day so the other kids won't make fun of her. But with a little help from her dad, she soon learns the importance of just being herself, no matter what other people say."

It's likely that The One and Only Sparkella is based on Tatum and his daughter's real relationship. For one, Tatum's daughter, Everly, shares an initial with Ella. Then, there's the book's dedication, which was revealed exclusively in People.

"To Everly, the most brilliant magical being that I have ever known. 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," Tatum wrote.

In the photo accompanying the announcement, Tatum is living the advice he lays out in his dedication. He's decked out in a whimsical, fairy-inspired, pastel-colored outfit that fits the book's theme of individuality (and shows off his arms). However, those of us hoping to see Tatum depicted in the book are likely to be disappointed. There is a dad—but based on the cover, he looks nothing like the actor.

Unfortunately, the wait for The One and Only Sparkella may be a long one. The book will come out on May 4, 2021. Preorder it for the children, or the inner child, in your life.

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