Amanda Peet's next kids book may be about 'Game of Thrones'

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BY DONNA FREYDKIN

Gordon Gekko got it right.

When it comes to kids and toys, greed is good.

And nowhere does this sentiment reach its full fruition than during the holidays, when kids demands more and bigger and better and brighter. It's partly why Amanda Peet wrote her kids' book, "Dear Santa, Love, Rachel Rosenstein," about a girl angling to celebrate Christmas, even though her family is Jewish. Peet's own family is a blend: dad a quaker, mom Jewish; her husband, "Game of Thrones" showrunner David Benioff, is also Jewish.

Her kids, says Peet, "do appreciate the holidays. Hanukkah isn't as spectacular. Let's face it. I get them too many presents. I have to stop it because they'll become very Beverly Hills. No offense to anyone who lives in Beverly Hills."

Her own bedtime routine is chaotic, to say the least.

"I love how you think we read three books a night. Frankie is a very good reader. She's reading on her own, which is a game-changer. She goes to her room. Molly, I'm still reading to her. My poor baby Henry has never been read to. He's ten months," says Peet.

She has another kids' book in the works, but won't discuss specifics, save to say it's about a kid dealing with no technology. Perhaps a return to "GOT" times?

"Nobody's head gets chopped off. Where all the naked chicks?" she cracks, about the acclaimed but very lurid HBO series.

Peet is also a big supporter of Seeds of Peace, which helps kids living in areas of conflict. In general, Peet has a refreshing candor to her, admitting that reading books to kids -- especially the same ones every night -- can become "stultifyingly boring," something that's verboten among the fetishized world of motherhood, where it's all unicorns and rainbows and deep love.

"It would be good if more people could admit how complicated it is and that most people feel a good deal of ambivalence related to the boredom of motherhood. It would be helpful for new moms. There's so much shame if you're not completely blissed-out the second you're handed your baby. It's unrealistic and delusional. Same with marriage," she says.


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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13: Actor Jason Momoa (L) and actress Emilia Clarke attend the 12th Annual AFI Awards held at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 13, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for AFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actors Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke attend HBO's official Emmy after party in The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 22, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actor Jason Momoa and actress Emilia Clarke arrive to HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Los Angeles Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones speaks on stage during day one of Comic-Con 2011 held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Wendy Redfern/Redferns)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: (L-R) Actors Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa pose at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 18: Actors Jason Momoa (L) and Emilia Clarke arrive at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 18, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 21: (L-R) Actors Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Kit Harington, writer David Benioff, actors Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Jason Momoa, writer/producer D.B. Weiss and actress Emilia Clarke pose at HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Panel during Comic-Con 2011 on July 21, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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