Our 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!
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.
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 🙂
This interesting clip shows just how young gender stereotyping starts. At Wacky Bee we like to think of ourselves as an inclusively minded publisher. At The Writers Advice Centre we try to encourage all our authors to be diverse wherever possible. I think this clip shows just how important that is, and something to bear in mind when creating characters and coming up with story ideas.
Dougal Trump is making a come-back! The books are the creation of Jackie Marchant and were originally published by Macmillan. The hero of the books is an accident-prone schoolboy who makes a number of gaffes and keeps getting himself into scrapes which aren’t always his fault. Remind you of anyone? Picture clue below! (Boris Johnson holding the original Dougal book)
Because Wacky Bee feels there is room for only one D. Trump in the world, Dougal has changed his last name to Daley and is now being illustrated by the fabulous Loretta Schauer. It’s Not My Fault will be published in time for Bologna Children’s Book Fair (April) with the second book Where’s My Tarantula following in the Autumn. A brand new (previously unpublished Dougal) will follow in Spring 2018. These books will be Wacky Bee’s first ‘Big Bee’ titles and we are beyond thrilled to be welcoming Dougal, Jackie and Loretta into the WB stable.
Wacky Bee is delighted to announce that they have sold complex Chinese rights to both My Mum Is There and My Dad Will Do. Can’t wait to see the Chinese versions! Both books will also be published as board books in time for Bologna Children’s Book Fair in April. And look out for the third Little Elephant book later in the year. Little Elephant’s Big Year by Martin Thomas (illustrated by Ag Jatkowska) will be published in the Autumn.