EGMONT ACQUIRES LAUGH-OUT-LOUD NEW SERIES FOR JELLY PIE IMPRINT
Egmont Publishing has announced the acquisition of a ‘major, new young fiction series’ for readers aged 7-9 by author and illustrator Angie Morgan. The series will publish on Egmont’s Jelly Pie list, home of Andy Stanton’s Mr Gum and Jim Smith’s Barry Loser series, both winners of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Ali Dougal, Fiction Editorial Director, negotiated World rights from James Catchpole at The Catchpole Agency. The first book, with the working title Sinus and the Great Pig Rescue, will publish in spring 2015, with a second book to follow later the same year.
The series is set in the Dark Ages and stars peasant Sinus, who lives with his mum, dad and pet pig Denzel in the completely unsanitary hamlet of Little Soggy-in-the-Mud.
“I’m a huge fan of Angie Morgan’s picture books, so I was thrilled when she approached us with this raucously funny young fiction series,” commented Ali Dougal. “Her hilarious artwork and cast of resourceful peasants and dastardly villains make a delicious combination. Think Tom Gates meets Blackadder.”
Angie Morgan said, “It’s been huge amount of fun creating the world of Sinus and his smelly, mud-caked peasant friends, and a massive bonus that Ali and Egmont found them funny enough to publish. I look forward to writing and illustrating the next story about the happenings in Little Soggy in the Mud.”
Angie Morgan is the author and illustrator of several picture books. Her first picture book with Egmont, Shouty Arthur, will publish in March 2014. Previous work includes Enormouse for Chickenhouse, and Daisy’s Digging Party for Frances Lincoln.