I must admit I was a tad surprised to see that gritty thriller writer Philip Kerr has written a series of kids books. It's not like it's DMX writing for the kiddies, but still Kerr normally covers some heavy topics. Still, the last few years have seen all sorts of people hopping into the kid's book world, including Jamie Lee Curtis, John Lithgow, Isabel Allende, Michael Chabon and James Ellroy. Just kidding about Ellroy. That would give the little ones nightmares.