Wacky Bee Illustrator at V&A!

As today is Winnie the Pooh Day and the birthday of A.A.Milne, it seems like a good time to tell you all about the fab new family exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum Winnie the Pooh:Exploring a Classic And we’re delighted to announce that, as part of that exhibition, our very own Loretta Schauer (illustrator of the Dougal Daley books) will be hosting workshops during February half term where you can create your own character and tell their story. Bring your favourite toy to inspire you! Advance booking is essential. You can find further details here  Loretta Schauer Workshops



Little Elephant’s Big Launch!


Little Elephant was around in person at the launch of his third book Little Elephant’s Big Year! UE Coffee in Witney hosted the evening party which included readings from the author, Martin Thomas, and a shop selling the two previous Little Elephant books, the two Little Elephant board books and stationary from the new Little Elephant range, including Christmas cards and bookmarks. Even more exciting…Martin promised a big reveal for a new gift range of Little Elephant products which he hopes to tell us more about in Spring next year. Watch this space!


Little Elephant Travels the World

IMG_3316Our two little elephant titles are now available as board books. Even more exciting – in 2018 Sky Pony Press in New York will be publishing their own editions of My Mum Is There (My Mom Is There) and My Dad Will Do (My Dad Can Do Anything) as padded board books. Wacky Bee’s rights director at CHT Rights has already sold the complex Chinese rights to the original paperback editions. So Little Elephant is really getting around these days!

Signing of BookTrust Honours Title

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We are delighted to announce that we have acquired one of the four honour titles from BookTrust’s inaugural In Other Words initiative.

Louise Jordan, publisher at Wacky Bee, has signed UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Elise and the Second-hand Dog, written by much loved Danish author, Bjarne Reuter. The book is aimed at ages eight-plus, and is due out in paperback in spring 2018. The text will be translated by Siân Mackie, and will feature black and white versions of the original colour illustrations by Kirsten Raagaard.

 In the story, we meet Elise, who lives with her parents in Copenhagen. We learn that her mother is working far away in the Amazon rainforest and her father is a busy musician. Seeing that Elise is lonely, her father buys her a second-hand dog. Elise discovers that the dog, called McAduddi, can talk when they are alone – in a Scottish accent!

Louise said of Elise and the Second-hand Dog: “The minute I saw this book I wanted it! It is not a cosy story by any means – both Elise and her second-hand dog, McAduddi, are a little rough around the edges to put it mildly – yet all the more loveable for it. The story is funny, sharp and acutely observed, and I love the author’s economical way with words. In short, it is exactly the sort of book that I want Wacky Bee to be all about and I am hugely proud to have acquired it as part of our growing list.”

In Other Words was launched by BookTrust in 2016 to promote the translation and UK publication of outstanding children’s literature from around the world, for children aged six-12 years. From over 400 submissions, eight finalists – including four honour titles – were partially translated into English and presented to publishers at the Bologna Book Fair in April 2017.

 Chair of judges Nicolette Jones said: “This book is evidence that humour can travel. Including a darkly hilarious set-piece at a family Hallowe’en party and mad characters, it is quirky, clever and original and plotted to make the most of punch lines. I won’t be able to resist reading the rest.”

 Jill Coleman, director of children’s books at BookTrust, added: “We are so delighted that Elise and the Second-hand Dog, one of the judges’ favourite stories, which had us laughing from the first page, has found a home with Wacky Bee and that they will be publishing it for UK children to enjoy. I can’t wait to read the full translation.”

Elise and the Second-hand Dog is being made into a TV series and film in Denmark.



Double Book Launch!

Last night a fun evening was had by all at The Bright Emporium on St.  John’s Hill, celebrating the launch of Dougal Daley: It’s Not My Fault and The Adventures of the Owl & the Pussycat. Both authors and illustrator (Jackie Marchant, Coral Rumble & Loretta Schauer) did readings and book signings, and everyone else drank lots of wine and hoovered up all the cup cakes! Sadly Charlotte Cooke couldn’t make it due to running a sub-4.5 hour marathon on Sunday. Congratulations to Charlotte from all of us 🙂