Channing Tatum shows how he takes his role as girl-dad seriously with the recent release of his latest book “The One and Only Sparkella and the Big Lie.”
The new release is the third in Tatum’s bestselling children’s series is different from the first two according to Tatum who spoke with ET.
“The first two kind of connected on some level,” he explained. “The first one was about sort of the anxiety of expectations of a new place and then this second one was really about when your expectations are completely failing… and what do you do to try to make the best of it? This one’s kind of just a complete departure,” Tatum said.
The book was inspired after his daughter broke down and told Tatum that she’d stolen a small toy car from school but was afraid to tell him because she worried Tatum would ‘call the police on her’ and that she would be ‘kicked out from the school.’
“I was like, ‘Look, you’re not gonna be in trouble as long as you tell me the truth. It’s OK, I’m not gonna call the police, you’re gonna be fine.’ Then she told me and I could just see the whole weight lift off of her,” Tatum said about the incident.
Tatum’s children’s book focuses on helping children tackle overwhelming issues that children might face including anxiety and what happens when people don’t reach expectations.
But Tatum just doesn’t write books for children, he also reads books to help him with the harder parts of fatherhood. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the two girl dads bonded over the struggles of braiding hair.
“I was really nervous to be a girl dad. The first thing I did when I figured I was going to have a girl, I literally went to YouTube and figured out how to braid hair, just because I didn’t want to be that dad,” Tatum said.
Regardless if Tatum can braid hair perfectly, it seems his book series shows just how much he cares about his daughter.