Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS returns for a twelfth adventure in this highly illustrated comic book style series! George and Harold, and their doubles, Yesterday George and Yesterday Harold, have a good thing going.
Scholastic UK and Brown Bag Films are together developing a new children’s property, about a dog called Dylan and his friends, in both picture book and TV format.
The project is the first property to be developed as part of a first-look partnership agreement announced last year by the two companies.
Scholastic imprint Alison Green Books will publish two picture books – Dylan the Doctor and Dylan the Shopkeeper – in August 2016 and January 2017 respectively, with more titles to follow in late 2017 and 2018. The series was created by Guy Parker-Rees, who is represented by Hilary Delamere at the Agency.
Scholastic, which has world rights, will work alongside Brown Bag Films, which is developing a Dylan animation.
Children’s cartoon hero SuperTed is set to return to British TV screens after its creator revealed plans for a new series.
Animator Mike Young said the flying crimefighting bear should be back after 30 years before the end of the year.
The hit show was initially written in Welsh and shown on S4C, but was soon translated into English and ran for several years on the BBC in the 1980s.
Children’s wear designer Rachel Riley (and Princess Kate‘s go-to label for Prince George) is introducing a new Eloise-themed collection to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the beloved children’s stories.
From sparkling dresses to whimsical pajamas, Riley has incorporated Eloise’s fun-loving spirit into every piece.
“There’s quite a lot of pink!” Riley tells PEOPLE over afternoon tea at the Plaza Hotel in N.Y.C. “And I love the prints because they’re very creative. I love the idea of taking something inanimate and making it something that can be worn.”
Simon & Schuster to launch over a dozen Peanuts children’s titles in summer 2015
Peanuts Worldwide has signed a wide-ranging publishing deal with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, marking the first time in eight years that Snoopy and friends have had a master licensee in place for children’s books. S&S will create formats including 8 x 8s, ready-to-reads, storybooks, board books, and novelty titles, with content extending from original stories and adaptations of holiday TV specials to movie tie-ins. The summer 2015 launch will feature 12–15 titles.
The first batch of these My Cat Pip books arrived in the Spring, and as my wife is called Pip they immediately caught my eye. The books are credited to Karen Bendy of Over The Moon Design. Click the link to the Hachette Children’s Books website for more details.
The first books from My Cat Pip, a popular international brand in merchandising, homeware, stationery and apparel. Pip is an award-winning character with over 1.5 million products sold to date worldwide.
Pip is a little black puss with a very big heart – always ready to try new things, even if his adventures don’t quite turn out as planned! This interactive flap book is bursting with surprises and fun. Preschool children will love dressing Pip in cute little outfits, peeping inside his house, and discovering lots of hidden kitty-cats!
Pip regularly appears in SparkleWorld (the number one multi-character magazine) and Easy Peasy alongside some of the biggest brands in the industry. He is a star in the making! If you like Hello Kitty, you’ll love Pip!
Other books in the series: Where Are You Pip? (a fun look and find book), Purrfect Pip! Sticker Book, Showtime Pip! Sticker Book. Read more about Pip at www.pipthecat.com.
Julia Green, YA author and also course director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University, interviewed by Rebecca Davies for The Independent Children’s Book Blog.
Follow the link under the extract for the full interview…
The plot is extremely character-driven compared to a lot of other recent novels for young people. What advice would you give to any budding authors hoping to write similarly character-driven stories?
Yes, it’s my intention to write character-driven stories, partly because so many contemporary novels are driven by plot. I want to speak up for the ‘quieter’ kind of fiction which deals with the intense, inner world of teenagers, where everything is felt so deeply and intensely.
For me, that’s the great thing about this time of life, when everything’s in transition, and when we are working out who, and how, to ‘be’. These are the sort of novels I loved when I was a young adult, and still do, actually. Stories that deal with relationships, emotions, real life.
To write a story this way, you have to spend time getting to know the character before you begin writing. I make notes. I have a list of questions I ask myself, about who she is, what’s happened to her before the story begins, what she loves, hates, fears. Her memories and dreams and secrets. What she wants. I do the same for all the characters. It helps me work out what motivates them. The story comes out of that.