Channing Tatum works on art project with kids in Brooklyn


Channing Tatum wears a jumpsuit as he works on an art project with kids in Brooklyn while promoting his book The One And Only Sparkella And The Big Lie

Channing Tatum took some time out of his busy schedule to work on a fun art project with some kids in Brooklyn this week.

The dad of Everly, 10, with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, 42, is promoting his third children’s book – The One And Only Sparkella And The Big Lie. 

The Magic Mike star read from his book at the Books Are Magic store and then helped the kids paint a colorful mural.

The Lost City actor, 43, wore a navy blue, long-sleeved jumpsuit.

The Step Up star recently revealed the inspiration behind his new book

Magic: Channing Tatum took some time out of his busy schedule to work on a fun art project with some kids in Brooklyn this week

Magic: Channing Tatum took some time out of his busy schedule to work on a fun art project with some kids in Brooklyn this week

Art: The dad of Everly, 10, with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, 42, is promoting his third children's book - The One and Only Sparkella and the Big Lie

Art: The dad of Everly, 10, with ex-wife Jenna Dewan, 42, is promoting his third children’s book – The One and Only Sparkella and the Big Lie

Reading: The Magic Mike star read from his book at the Books Are Magic store and then helped the kids paint a colorful mural

Reading: The Magic Mike star read from his book at the Books Are Magic store and then helped the kids paint a colorful mural

‘We really had to figure out which direction we wanted to go,’ he said about figuring out the story. 

He released The One and Only Sparkella in 2021 and The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan in 2022.

‘And if you have kids, you know that they’re going through massive life learning lessons on a daily basis, at a rapid pace. So trying to pick one and solidify it is not the easiest of jobs.’

And it was a real-life incident with Everly that ultimately gave Channing the idea for his latest book.

As a father, the Magic Mike star learned that kids begin experimenting with lying around age five.

‘They really start to experiment with lying and really telling these untruths to see how they make them feel,’ he said. ‘They’re starting to use them as tools in a way.’

He went on to tell a story about a time his daughter took a toy car home from school. The Step Up actor said he could tell it was ‘eating her up.’

‘She calls me in. And she would always hustle me to not go to bed when I’m telling her to. I was like, “Ev, what’s going on?” She’s like, “You’re just going to be so mad at me. I just can’t tell you.” And I’m like, “Evie, just tell me. I’m not going to be mad. I promise. We’ll handle whatever it is. It’s okay.”‘

Author: He released The One and Only Sparkella in 2021 and The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan in 2022

Author: He released The One and Only Sparkella in 2021 and The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan in 2022

Idea: 'We really had to figure out which direction we wanted to go,' he said about figuring out the story'

Idea: ‘We really had to figure out which direction we wanted to go,’ he said about figuring out the story’

New book: 'And if you have kids, you know that they're going through massive life learning lessons on a daily basis, at a rapid pace. So trying to pick one and solidify it is not the easiest of jobs'

New book: ‘And if you have kids, you know that they’re going through massive life learning lessons on a daily basis, at a rapid pace. So trying to pick one and solidify it is not the easiest of jobs’

Inspiration: And it was a real-life incident with Everly that ultimately gave Channing the idea for his latest book

Inspiration: And it was a real-life incident with Everly that ultimately gave Channing the idea for his latest book

Daughter dad: As a father, the Magic Mike star learned that kids begin experimenting with lying around age five'

Daughter dad: As a father, the Magic Mike star learned that kids begin experimenting with lying around age five’

Books are magic: They really start to experiment with lying and really telling these untruths to see how they make them feel,' he said. 'They're starting to use them as tools in a way'

Books are magic: They really start to experiment with lying and really telling these untruths to see how they make them feel,’ he said. ‘They’re starting to use them as tools in a way’

Fun: Channing posed with the kids after painting a mural and reading his book

Fun: Channing posed with the kids after painting a mural and reading his book

Everly eventually admitted what she had done. ‘And it was a big relief. She definitely had to go and return it and apologize. But that was the worst of it,’ Tatum explained.

‘I think it was a big lesson for her. It was that first one. That first big, big one that you feel like your world’s going to end.’

In The One and Only Sparkella and the Big Lie, Sparkella attempts to befriend the cool kid at school by taking another friend’s toy to impress them.

‘I usually always kind of connect it to something that I went through with Evie that I can understand at least the emotional journey of it,’ Tatum said.



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