superstar Madonna tries to silence the press as she holds up a
copy of her newest children's book entitled 'Lotsa De Casha'
at a reading and book signing event in New York June 7, 2005.
Take it from Madonna, the self proclaimed "Material Girl," money can't
That's quite a lesson from the 46-year-old pop diva, whose fifth children's book in
the past 18 months "Lotsa de Casha," hit store shelves this week.
"Lotsa was by far the
richest man in the country. He had everything that money could buy," is
the opening line of her latest book. "But there was a teeny, tiny problem. No matter how
much money Lotsa de Casha made, he wasn't happy."
The short book concludes with the moral, "When you learn to share, you
will not only find happiness. You will also find a friend."
Renowned as much for her catchy dance anthems "Vogue" and
"Ray of Light" as she was for cavorting on stage in a partially disrobed
wedding gown some 20 years ago performing "Like a Virgin" on MTV, Madonna
Ciccone Ritchie said she's left some of her old antics behind and is all grown up now.
"I'd like to think I've been evolving and transforming my whole career,
I grew up," she told Reuters in an interview.
"The media likes to say it's just another one of my guises,' she said
of her career as an author. "But it's much more deep and profound than
Madonna the singer is known as a chameleon, morphing from sexy outfits and
suggestive lyrics to Eastern mysticism and Judaism. Similarly, Madonna the
writer has penned a series of books which barely resemble each other.
A different illustrator was hired for each of the five slim volumes.
But they are all anchored by the same message, she insists: "Nothing is
what it seems."
Her intended audience and some critics might agree.
A book reading at a New York bookstore on Tuesday drew puzzled
responses from the group of about 25 kids, who appeared to have difficulty
grasping the book's morals.
"I think she makes the same mistake every celebrity author makes: They
think they can write children's books," said Ilene Cooper, children's book
editor of Booklist, the review journal of the American Library
"Generally it's just awful, beyond awful," said Cooper of efforts by