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One Direction and Kylie among stars writing kids’ book for BBC Children in Need

Posted on October 6, 2015 by Fat Fox

 

The literary project is set to pull in millions for the annual charity fest thanks to some top celebrity backing

Children in Need's Fi-Rex
Joined-up effort: Children in Need’s Fi-Rex was penned by stars including Denise Van Outen, Kylie and Paul McCartney

It is a children’s book written by the stars and set to make ­thousands for charity.

For the first time, some of the most famous names in music, sport and showbiz have got together to write a one-of-a-kind story for BBC’s Children in Need.

Right direction: The 1D boys appear in the book as a boyband called Pond Direction

The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex, the adorable story of a little girl who is half-human half-­dinosaur, has been penned by 25 celebrities including One Direction, Sir Paul McCartney, Denise van Outen, Coleen and Wayne Rooney, Rod Stewart, Penny Lancaster and Kylie Minogue.

Speaking about her ­involvement, Denise said: “I was filming EastEnders at the time and would write some of the page in between scenes on the set of Albert Square.

Children in Need's Fi-Rex
Art for charity: Children in Need’s Fi-Rex is set to make thousands for the charity 

“It was quite funny coming up with this cute little half-girl half-dinosaur tale whilst Phil Mitchell was rehearsing in the background.”

On Sir Paul’s page he 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.

Children in Need's Fi-Rex, Denise Van Outen
Home bird: Children in Need’s Fi-Rex pages by Denise Van Outen

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Kids’ writing: Denise van Outen says she was working with EastEnders when she wrote her pages

Each celeb was asked to write one page but they were only allowed to see the last line of the previous page.

Denise explains: “I was told who the main character was and I was shown the last sentence of Wayne and Coleen Rooney’s part of the story, and I had to carry it on in my style.”

On her page, Fi-Rex rips open an ­envelope and is presented with a piece of golden paper with a riddle written on it. Denise added: “The idea of reading my daughter Betsy a story at night that I wrote part of is very special. I was excited to be involved.

Children in Need's Fi-Rex, Kylie Minogue
Spinning around: Kylie Minogue’s pages featuring Fi-Rex
Kylie Minogue
Kylie talented: The Aussie’s contribution to the charity tome

“I am having my part of the story which has been illustrated so beautifully framed and put up in Betsy’s room.”

Other stars involved in the project include Jamie Oliver and Tom Daley.

Bringing the wacky yarn to life is renowned artist Julia Patton.

Children in Need's Fi-Rex, Paul McCartney
Frog Chorus: Paul McCartney brings back his much-loved musical animals for his pages
Legendary artist: Paul McCartney’s talented in the art and music departments

Thousands of pounds were raised in a Bonhams auction of the stars’ pages this week 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

The Curious Tale of Fi-Rex is available to buy in hardback (£12.99) and paperback (£7.99) from WHSmith and Tesco. To order the paperback for the discounted price of £5.99 with free P&P call the Mirror Bookshop on 0843 060 0022 or write to Curious Tales of Fi-Rex Offer, Mirror Bookshop, PO Box 60, Helston TR13 0TP