Russell Brand announces new children's book series

Controversial British comedian, actor and broadcaster Russell Brand has shared a preview of his new book series for children, Russell Brand's Trickster Tales.

Brand announced on Tuesday that he'll be re-interpreting classic fairy tales and folk stories for children, and that the books will be illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Chris Riddell. Brand posted some of the concept art on his YouTube channel, as well the opening lines from his version of the German legend The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

"Once upon a time, long ago, in a time that seemed to those present, exactly like now, except their teeth weren't so clean and more things were wooden, there was a town called Hamelin," reads the Brand-ified Piped Piper story.

The Get Him to the Greek star said he believed some of these stories could influence how children see the world.

"Once we start changing the way children see the world," he said, "well, we can do all sorts of stuff."

Now, the video was posted on April 1 (April Fool's Day), which prompted some commenters to say that the new children's book series was just a joke. But, so far, Brand hasn't confirmed this. The first of the new books is expected to be published this fall.

Brand is a bestselling author, having published two memoirs and a collection of essays.