Jason Segel Jumping From Muppet Movie to Children’s Books


We can't say whether or not Jason Segel is in touch with his feminine side, but he's certainly familiar with his inner child.

The 33-year-old actor just signed a deal to pen a series of children's books called "Nightmares!" for Random House imprint Delacorte Press Books For Young Readers. The first book of the trilogy is set to hit shelves in fall 2014.

Of course, this isn't the first time the "How I Met Your Mother" star has put pen to paper in order to entertain us. He wrote — and starred in — "The Muppets," "The Five-Year Engagement," and "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," after all.

For "Nightmares!," which will be written for a pre-teen, middle-grade audience, Segel has teamed with bestselling author Kirsten Miller (Kiki Strike, "The Eternal Ones"). The adventure stories follow a group of kids who must "save their town from fear, which has manifested itself in the form of nightmare creatures that have slipped into the everyday world," according to a press release.

"I couldn't be more excited that 'Nightmares!' has found a home at Random House," Segel said in a statement. "Ultimately, it's a story about learning that we can accomplish anything, as long as we are brave enough to try. These are the types of stories that always inspired me."

"Jason Segel has the perfect voice to write for children," said Random House Children's Books president and publisher Barbara Marcus. "'Nightmares!' is inventive, genuine, and relatable to middle-grade readers. We're thrilled to see Jason's creative vision translated to the page, and can't wait to introduce him to the publishing world as a tremendous new talent."

Segel joins a long and esteemed list of celebrities who've written successful children's books, including Madonna, Ricky Gervais, Tori Spelling, and LeAnn Rimes.

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