Simon Cowell from 'American IDOL' Collaborates with Six-Year-Old Son Eric for 7-Book Series Called 'Wishfits'
Simon Cowell is already taking his son into the business fold. The father-son duo officially announced that they would be releasing a book series for kids in the next year.
At just six, Simon Cowell's son Eric is ready to share a creative piece with the world — for money, of course. Cowell, a businessman and record executive, wouldn't have it any other way.
Nonetheless, the work he's doing is commendable. Cowell joined with publisher Hachette Children's Group to share the big news at the Cambridge Theatre in London on Monday.
A father-son ritual
The 60-year-old media mogul revealed that the seven-book series was produced through a global company called Tongal. It originated, however, with Cowell and his son.
The former "American Idol" host shared that every evening, he and his son would sit down together and come up with "very strange new" animals that they would have as pets.
A doting dad
Cowell was encouraged to turn the idea into a book. They called the animals "The Wishfits" for the series. According to Metro, some of these creatures are DATs (dog and cat) and COGs (cat and dog).
Cowell reportedly said: "To be able to write a series of books with my son Eric has been magical. This idea was inspired three years ago by a very special friend of ours who runs a Children's Hospice charity."
The release dates
A portion of the series' profits will go to the charities Shooting Star Children's Hospices and Together for Short Lives. The book is also about acceptance and inclusivity.
The first three of the books will be released in spring 2021, while the four remaining will be put out in 2022. Little Eric is on his way to the big time, just like dad.
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Hello everyone. I wanted to share something exciting my son Eric and I have been working on. I would like to introduce to you #WISHFITS. To begin with, we have announced a seven book deal with @hachettekids today. WISHFIT is a world where the most unusual animals exist. The WISHFITS are magical, unusual and have evolved in a weird and wonderful way, combining two different species to form hybrid animals with very distinct characteristics! Some of Eric’s favourite WISHFITS include the DAT (dog/cat) the COG (cat/dog), the SNOG (snail/dog – the enthusiasm of a dog at the speed of a snail), the PEEP (pig/sheep) the CHUG (cheetah/slug - the slowest cat in the world), the HIPPOROO (hippo/kangaroo), the CHIMPANPOO (chimpanzee/poodle), the POLARBAT (polarbear/bat), the CROCOPUSS (crocodile/cat), the SHIGER (sheep/tiger - the most nervous cat in the world), the SPIKEY (spider/donkey) and many, many more. To be able to write a series of books with my son Eric has been magical. This idea was inspired 3 years ago by a very special friend of ours who runs a Children’s Hospice charity. I told her one evening about some of the funny animals my son Eric and I would invent, starting with the Cog and the Dat. And how every evening the two of us would think of the most unlikely animal we would like to have as a pet. She loved this idea so much she encouraged me to turn this into a book series. I then met with an amazing company called @tongalteam who have a global community of creators. We loved the idea of thousands of creative people being part of the development of our idea. I am thrilled to be working with Hachette, an amazing publishing house. They shared our passion and enthusiasm from the moment we told them about WISHFITS. Two of the children’s charities I work closely with will benefit from profits of WISHFITS, @sschospices and @togetherforshortlives. Simon PS. My gut feeling is that some of these WISHFITS actually exist…somewhere!
He feared for Eric
As a father, though, Cowell goes through the same worries as everyone else. Earlier this month, the "Britain's Got Talent" creator revealed that he's concerned about the coronavirus in relation to Eric.
The father-of-one was preparing to take his son to Disneyland Paris. He admitted that they would probably be wearing a mask on the train as a precaution.
Simon still talks to his mom
Cowell is big on family overall. He once admitted that he still talks to his late mother daily even though she passed away in 2015. At the time, Cowell was a judge on "The X Factor."
He only took two days to grieve before he returned to work. At least twice, Cowell was left in tears by auditions that reminded him of his late ballerina mother.