If there’s one thing the world needs, it’s another kids’ book about a celebrity’s pet, right?
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, may think so, anyway. Reports have wafted across the Atlantic via the Sunday Times that the former Meghan Markle is considering a children’s book about her two dogs, Guy and Bogart. If the project comes to fruition, as it well could given the prospective author’s name recognition, it will join such deathless contributions to children’s literature as Charlotte and Karen Pence’s Marlon Bundo’s A Day in the Life of the Vice Presidentand Beth Stern’s Yoda: The Story of a Cat and His Kittens (illustrated by Devin Crane).
That the book can’t rise above this standard is hardly foreordained, of course, but the record on celebrity-pet books is not good. While Broadway performer Alan Cumming’s two books about his dogs Honey and Leon (both illustrated by Grant Shaffer) offer mild amusement, his fellow actor Nathan Lane’s tales of Naughty Mabel (both written with Devlin Elliott and illustrated by Dan Krall) prompted our reviewer to suggest a script doctor.
Even if it turns out that Meghan is a children’s-book natural, one wonders what kind of plot can be constructed around the canine characters, given that Bogart does not live with the duchess and her family but was instead left behind in Toronto when the erstwhile actor shifted course and continents. The two pups did live together for some time, and were “thick as thieves,” as Markle told Best Health in 2016—but somehow a story about how Guy gets to live at Windsor while Bogart doesn’t isn’t the fairy-tale ending every dog dreams of. Vicky Smith is the children’s editor.