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Guardian Unlimited | Arts features | Macca the paperback writer

Michael Rosen can't understand the hissy-fitting of children's authors who resent it when celebs and other 'amateurs' have a go at writing children's books. After all, he says, writing a children's book "is not very difficult". This Guardian article was published last Tuesday, and my excuse for missing it was that I was engrossed in rehearsing my "hot chilly" act for the end-of-term staff variety show.

In normal circumstances it would have been blogged immediately. As it is, I'm thankful to Michael Rosen himself for drawing attention to it on ACHUKACHAT where, so far, there has been only one reaction. Perhaps this belated blogging will promote further discussion.

what possible objections can we have to anyone, anywhere, writing a book for children? After all, it's not terribly difficult. I'll rephrase that: it's difficult to write a brilliant one, but anyone who was once a child should have at least one children's book in them. Anyone who comes anywhere near children ought to be able to write at least one more. And in an ideal world, shouldn't every parent, teacher, grandparent, child-carer have a go?

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