Magic Mike star Channing Tatum has revealed that he's written a children's book during lockdown – but, unfortunately, he made a slightly awkward blunder while promoting the new book.
The actor shared the news about his writing project on Instagram and Twitter as he posted a very adorable photo of himself dressed in a colourful apron and pink wings, while also sporting an eye mask with a crown, which was perched on top of his head.
In the photo he is holding up his new book The One and Only Sparkella and pretending to read it, but some of his followers noticed something slightly odd about the snap.
In fact, it looks like Channing is only holding up the hardback book's cover sleeve, without the actual book inside.
A number of jokes were made about Channing's odd reading technique on Twitter, with one follower writing: "I must be weird because all I can think is that there's clearly no book in that sleeve."
"Ha ha ha ha this is so funny because one can see that it's only cover and there is no book inside lol," another added.
A third follower wrote: "Channing Tatum may look strong, but he can't even lift up a whole book. Here he is, pictured pretending to lift up a book."
Of course, Channing's probably read the story so many times that he's got it memorised and can just recite it – not to mention the book has probably not gone to print yet – but it's safe to say that our copies will come with the actual book included and not an expert Channing Tatum-shaped narrator.
21 Jump Street star Channing revealed that he was inspired to write the book after spending time with his daughter Everly during lockdown, writing: "Guys, I don't know about you but things got a little weird for me in quarantine. I ended up accidentally locking myself in my 7-year-old daughter's room.
"And I ended up finding my inner child. So this is what I created for my little girl. From what is, I guess, the little girl in me. Thanks for reading. #Sparkella."
The One and Only Sparkella, which is due for release in May 2021, is described as "a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter".
It focuses on a young girl named Ella who can't wait to make some new friends on her first day at a new school.
Glitter-loving Ella soon finds her new classmates don't share her excitement about all things shimmery and so she decides to try to be less sparkly at school the next day. But with a little help from her dad, she soon discovers that being yourself is the most important thing of all, no matter what other people say.
The One and Only Sparkella is published on May 4, 2021 and is available to pre-order now.
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