Isla Fisher writes debut childrens novel Marge In Charge

Hollywood starlet Isla Fisher is releasing her first ever children’s book entitled ‘Marge In Charge’ about a no nonsense, but babysitter.

Isla Fisher (Instagram/ Yui Mok/PA)

The 41-year-old actress and mother of two daughters Olive, nine, and Elula, six, and two-year-old son Montgomery has announced her new exciting venture, which will see her release three books in a series that will be published in America later this year.

The inside cover of the first tome reads: “‘Don’t worry about being perfect or you’ll miss out on the fun!’

And after a sneak preview, fellow childrens book writer and TV favourite David Walliams has given it his seal of approval, insisting “Isla Fisher is hilarious”.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attend the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/VF17/Getty Images for VF)

While David Baddiel said: “Charming, funny, delightful: Marge is the babysitter all children would wish for”.

Explaining the synopsis to PEOPLE, the star – who is married to Sacha Baron Cohen – said: “Jemima, who is the narrator and the eldest child, feels she has to be a ‘good girl,’ so thanks to Marge she learns to let her ‘freak flag’ fly and enjoy being a kid.”

Isla thinks “vocabularies are shrinking” because children are reading less nowadays and the ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’ star said it’s a problem that affects adults too.

She said: “It saddens me when I think about how much vocabularies are shrinking – I know mine is, and there’s only so much I can blame on lactation!”

Isla Fisher is a proud ginger. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Focus Features)

Isla admitted that when she was a little girl she used books as an escape from the real world and loved using her imagination when reading.

She explained: “Stories were a fun part of my childhood. We moved around a lot as a kid (I was born in Oman to Scottish parents and moved to Australia when I was six), so I hid in books.

“Books take tiny people to places they can’t go: on a pirate ship, inside a peach, through a looking glass

“They help children find quiet time, provoke thoughts and discussions and educate them. They are an integral part of childhood.”


Meanwhile, asked if she is like the lead character in her book, Marge, Isla said that becoming a mother-of-three made her mature “overnight”.

She laughed: “I wish I knew the answer to that. I love tapping into my inner idiot (and have made a career out of it), but having a family definitely turns you into a grownup overnight.”

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