Crook tale nominated for book award
Pirates Of The Caribbean star Mackenzie Crook's decision to write a children's story could have a fairytale ending - after the actor was nominated for a prestigious book prize.
The 40-year-old, who found fame when he played Gareth in TV sitcom The Office, wrote and illustrated The Windvale Sprites, which tells the tale of a young boy who sets out to discover if fairies really exist.
It has been picked with 17 other titles to compete for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize after it was shortlisted in the category for fiction for youngsters aged five to 12.
The prize is split between three categories, the other two being picture books and teen books, with the category winners picking up a £2,000 prize before the judges select an overall winner who collects an additional £3,000.
Among the other shortlisted books are Being Billy, which tackles the subject of children in care, and The Pirates Next Door - a picture book about a family of pirates who move to a quiet seaside town.
James Daunt, managing director of Waterstones, said the store's "job" was to introduce readers to new writers.
He said: "This award is chosen entirely by our booksellers, whose experience and knowledge results in a fascinating and inspiring shortlist every year."
The winners will be announced at a reception at Waterstones' Piccadilly store in central London on Wednesday March 28.