Channing Tatum’s Quarantine Project: ‘The One and Only Sparkella’


Despite the multitude of less than pleasant effects that have followed the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a few good things to come out of this mess. For one, the quarantine period provided people with a lot more free time than normal, allowing people to pursue new interests. In the case of Channing Tatum, he was able to work with illustrator Kim Barnes to produce a picture book titled The One and Only Sparkella, which he had dedicated to his daughter.

The official book summary reads:

Ella is excited for her first day at a new school.

Glimmering pencil case? Check!

Shimmering backpack? Check!

Glittery ribbons in her hair? Check!

But her 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.

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.

Tatum recently announced the book on Twitter, and it is currently available for pre-order with a planned release date of May 4, 2021.

LeeAnn is children's librarian who joined Nerds and Beyond in 2020 as a way to stretch her writing skills and connect with others who have the same pop culture passions as she does. She loves music, reading (obviously), and any TV show that can grab and hold her attention. Currently some of her favorite things to nerd out over include Supernatural, Prodigal Son, Louden Swain and Percy Jackson (books, theater, or upcoming show - lets leave the movies out of it).

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