John Lithgow narrates children's video game, inspires kids to write

Filed under: Media, Toys, That's Entertainment

When he wasn't splitting sides as an eccentric alien on "3rd Rock from the Sun," or threatening defenseless gingerbread men as Lord Farquaad in Shrek, John Lithgow was writing best-selling children's books like "The Remarkable Farkle McBride" or "Micawber." Now he's using both his acting and writing talents for a new interactive children's game, "Books by You."

In the game, Lithgow is the energetic narrator -- the "muse" -- encouraging kids to fill in the blank -- making decisions on where the story goes next. He also acts as a writing adviser, sharing personal stories, or suggestions, such as keeping a notebook for describing special people.

By choosing Lithgow, the company behind the game, Knowledge Adventure, was hoping to find not only a talented performer, but a face that parents could trust.

Personally, I think this sounds like a great collaboration. Educational computer or video games have always been fantastic in theory, but in practice most of them are so boring and stale that the fun factor gets lost, and kids quit playing. Hopefully this talented actors' engaging personality can inspire kids to get creative.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.