Actor Mario Lopez, host of EXTRA and America’s Best Dance Crew, has become the latest celebrity to pen a children’s book. Along with his sister Marissa Lopez-Wong, he has signed with Celebra Children’s Books, a Penguin imprint, for a picture book called Mud Tacos!, which will be published on October 15. Maryn Roos, who did the artwork for Whoopi Goldberg’s Sugar Plum Ballerinas, will illustrate, and Steve Meltzer, associate publisher and executive managing editor of Dial and Dutton, will edit the book.
In the story, Mario, Marissa, and their two cousins play together in their grandmother’s backyard; Lopez called the tale “a reminder of just how much fun we can all have growing up with a little imagination and the ones we love most.”
Raymond Garcia, publisher of Celebra, will edit Mud Tacos! In a statement, Garcia said, “I’m elated to have Mario Lopez, along with his sister Marissa Wong, kick of Celebra’s celebrity-driven program with his fun and charming family story. Mario truly represents the essence of Celebra which is to deliver culturally inspired books by today’s leading mainstream Hispanic personalities.”