Picks and Pans Review: Meet the Author

UPDATED 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/07/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Ahmet Zappa

Son of rocker Frank, Zappa is dyslexic; he struggled with reading until he was 12. Now he's written The Monstrous Memoirs of a Mighty McFearless, meant to lure all kids into books.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PLOT. Originally it was going to be how to defend yourself against monsters, because I wished for something like that as a child. Now it's about a brother and sister trying to rescue their father from the King of Evil.

WHAT GRABS KIDS WARY OF READING? The doodles and photo illustrations can help them put the story together.

IS THERE A MESSAGE IN MEMOIRS? Kids can do anything they put their minds to.

Disney paid $1.5 million for the rights to the book that Zappa, 32, wrote and illustrated.

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