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.
I don’t know about you but things got a little weird for me in quarantine. I locked myself in my daughter’s room & found my inner child. So this is what I created for my little girl. From what is, I guess, the little girl in me. Thx for reading. #Sparkella https://t.co/QbxlZU2CXl pic.twitter.com/W0PUb822Q3
— Channing Tatum (@channingtatum) August 31, 2020