McFly's Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter pen kid's book

By Natalie Jamieson
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

image captionDougie Poynter and Tom Fletcher's first book is released in October

Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter from McFly have landed a publishing deal to produce two children's picture books.

This October, Random House Children's Books will release The Dinosaur That Pooped Christmas.

Tom Fletcher describes the plot as being "about a boy who gets a dinosaur for Christmas which goes on an unstoppable festive eating rampage until Christmas is gone".

"The only way to get Christmas back is for the dinosaur to poop it out."

Serious authors

Despite the comedy title, the pair are taking their writing task seriously.

"We want people to know that this book comes from a genuine passion for writing and reading and it's hopefully the first of many," said Tom Fletcher.

"We wrote what we found funny, a book we would have loved as kids. And we hope parents will enjoy it just as much as their children."

The book will be illustrated by Garry Parsons, whose previous work includes There's an Ouch in my Pouch.

McFly are on tour in the UK after all the band members recently tried their luck on reality shows.

Dougie Poynter won I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!, Harry Judd won Strictly Come Dancing, Danny Jones competed in Popstar to Operastar and Tom Fletcher faced ITV show The Cube.

Fletcher and Poynter are both fans of children's picture books and admit they "spend hours" in book shops to "get inspiration when writing".

"I think it's easy to see that this book comes from Dougie's fascination with dinosaurs," commented Tom Fletcher. "My love for Christmas and a shared obsession with poop."

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