Russell Brand writing children's books

FILE - In this March 4, 2012 file photo, Russell Brand arrives to Amnesty International's "Secret Policeman's Ball" in New York. New Orleans police have issued an arrest warrant for actor Russell Brand on a charge of simple criminal damage to property valued at $700. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, file)

April 2, 2014 6:08:44 AM PDT
Russell Brand's next Booky Wook is for kids.

The actor and comedian has a deal with Atria Books for a series called "Russell Brand's Trickster Tales," retellings of classic fairy tales.

The publisher announced Wednesday that the first of three planned books, "The Pied Piper of Hamelin," will be out Nov. 11. The next two books will arrive in 2015 and 2016. Brand will be collaborating with award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.

Brand's previous books include the best-selling "My Booky Wook" and "Articles of Faith."