MARCUS RASHFORD is set to star and guest edit a special edition of hit kids comic Beano.
The Manchester United striker has already written two books of his own, the first a best-seller.
The England hero has now moved into another art form, though, appearing alongside Dennis the Menace and Co.
He is editing the strip – released today – and will be spotted in adventures alongside the whole Beanotown gang.
The front cover has the 24-year-old as a cartoon, with Dennis and Minnie either side.
The United ace will make a number of appearances throughout alongside The Bash Street Kids.
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He'll also be seen with Billy Whizz and Bananaman, and even creates his own prank as part of Harsha’s Prank Academy.
The guest editorship comes after the release of his new book, You Can Do It: How to Find Your Voice and Make a Difference.
Meanwhile, Beano are donating 20p of every issue sold to the Marcus Rashford Book Club.
This is in partnership with National Literacy Trust and Macmillan Children’s Books.
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Marcus Rashford MBE’s full editor’s letter:
That was my response when Beano got in touch and asked me if I’d like to edit my own special version of the comic. I jumped at the chance because this is a great opportunity for you to get to know me a little better and understand all the things that are important to me. I brought my friends from Macmillan Children’s Books and NatWest along for the journey too to help me pull together some exciting activities for you.
Nobody is a success in football without good teammates, and that's true in life as well. Everybody needs to build a team of allies to have fun with and speak up for what’s important. Our voice is strong alone, but when our voices come together, we are powerful. When we fight for things that are important together, we can make progress a lot quick than by ourselves. Asking for help is no weakness. Asking for help to achieve things quicker is a superpower.
Finding your voice doesn’t have to be difficult. It can be as simple as having the confidence to stand up for something you believe in, or to champion someone else and their difference. Your journey is your strength, and everyone has something valuable to contribute. I wrote my new book You Can Do It with my friend Carl to help you with this, and I hope you enjoy it.
My favourite thing about Beano is how the comic brings together all sorts of different children. Instead of our differences dividing us, we embrace them here, and we find strength in them. We should be celebrating all things that make each of us unique.
Reading is one of my favourite things to do because it lets me dream. I see myself achieving so much more and I’m motivated to give new things a try. Reading is my true escape. My peace, and everyone should have the opportunity to find the joy in books, magazines, audiobooks or even this extra-special edition of Beano – my Beano!
He'll also be promoting the NatWest Thrive programme – which helps improve the financial confidence of children aged 6-16
Beano have created digital games and quizzes that children can play online at Beano.com to build their money confidence.
Rashford was awarded an MBE last year year for his tireless work helping children get into reading and fighting social injustice.
Craig Graham, Editorial Director at Beano Studios said: “Wow! Marcus Rashford guest editing Beano – that’s not something you get to say every day.
"We’re absolutely delighted to partner with Marcus, NatWest and MacMilllan Children’s Books to make this amazing guest editorship happen.
"We’re so thrilled with this week’s very special comic and hope kids pick up a copy to enter the incredible world of reading.”
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