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Macmillan Children's Books have anoounced that they are to be the 'new creative home' for Chris Riddell. In a major deal, concluded at last week's international Bologna Book Fair, Macmillan Children's Books acquired world rights in five new books to be both written and illustrated by Chris Riddell.

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Macmillan Press Release:

In collaboration with Paul Stewart, Chris Riddell has produced the
best-selling series The Edge Chronicles (Doubleday) and Muddle Earth
(Macmillan). His distinctive line drawings, which enhance the novels of many
well-known children's authors, have made him one of today's most
sought-after illustrators, and he has won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his
picture book, Pirate Diary. He is also the political cartoonist of The
Observer.

Macmillan Children's Books' acquisition marks the start of a new, solo
career for Chris Riddell that will allow him to take his unique talents and
powerful visual imagination to new heights of creativity. He will write and
illustrate a range of visually spectacular novels and picture books.

The first to be published, in early 2006, will be the initial title in a
fiction series for
6 - 9 year-olds, introducing the amazing adventures of a very unusual girl
called Ottoline. These stories will be told in an innovative mix of
cleverly integrated text and illustration. Marion Lloyd, Associate
Publisher of Children's Fiction at Macmillan Children's Books says: 'When we
read Chris's quirky story outline and saw just one page of marvellous
sketches, we recognised a world as eccentric, absurd and endearing as Alice
in Wonderland. We are signing up to publish what will undoubtedly be
classics of the future.'

Suzanne Carnell, Editorial Director of Picture Books, who will work with
Riddell on two big full-colour projects, says: 'Chris is brilliantly
gifted. His clever way with words, coupled with his stunning artwork, and
backed by Macmillan Children's Books' reputation for creating highly
original and beautifully-produced novelty books, will result in some of the
most exciting children's books we've ever published.'

Chris Riddell says: 'After the experience of working on Muddle Earth, I'm
delighted to be able to work with everyone at Macmillan again on these
exciting new projects. Ottoline and I have found the perfect home.'

The agreement was brokered by Philippa Milnes-Smith at literary agency LAW
Ltd.

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