A new children’s book written by One Direction and a host of their A-list celebrity friends is set to pull in millions for BBC Children in Need next week
For the first time ever, some of the most famous names in music, sport and showbiz have got together to write a one-of-a-kind story for the charity. And we’ve got a sneak preview for you here
The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex, the enchanting story of a little girl who is half-human half-dinosaur, has been penned by 25 celebrities including One Direction, Denise van Outen, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster and Coleen and Wayne Rooney.
Each celeb was asked to write one page but they were only allowed to see the last line of the previous page. The results were hilarious and saw each star taking Fi Rex on a roller coaster of a ride through their imaginations.
Every one of the famous authors leaves an imprint of their personality on the page, sometimes without them even knowing it.
Kate Moss said: “I adored doing a children’s book, it was something completely different to anything I have done before.”
Mother-of-one Kate, 41, teamed up to write her page with her friends, X Factor judge Nick Grimshaw and socialite and star of Ladies Of London, Annabelle Nielson.
Kate added: ” It was cool being part of a story with people such as Sir Paul, Harry, Annabelle and Grimmers. Mine was only a section but I could have quite happily written the whole thing. I wrote it late at night sat at home and got carried away with it actually.”
Her pal Nick said: ‘People are saying I’m the new J K Rowling or Oldham’s very own Shakespeare!’
One Direction have just finished touring but managed to take the time whilst writing their new album, to create their chapter of the story. They team up with Sir Paul McCartney who resurrects the famous Frog Chorus characters from his 1983 hit We All Stand Together, while the 1D boys appear as a frog band – called Pond Direction.
Speaking about the group’s involvement, Niall Horan said: ‘Children In Need is such an amazing charity, so we were really happy to get involved in this book. We hope our fans enjoy reading about our adventures as a band of frogs called Pond Direction.’
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Bringing the wacky yarn to life is renowned artist Julia Patton, who is known for some of the country’s best loved illustrations and came up with her drawings in a rustic woodshed in the middle of field in Northumberland.
Thousands of pounds were recently raised in a Bonhams auction of the stars’ pages at The Library, London, and now people can bid for signed copies themselves at fi-rex.auctionlots.co.uk
The online auction boasts the remaining eight signed pages, including by Take That, and will run until Children in Need night, November 13 and details can be found here
For a chance to take home the unique signed print, visit fi-rex.auctionlots.co.uk and place your bid…
The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex is available at WHSmith, Waterstones and all good retailers.
Watch the animated video of The Curious Tale of Fi Rex: