Andersen Press has struck eight foreign rights deals for Sally Nicholls’ debut picture book.
The Button Book, which will be illustrated by Bethan Woollvin, is an interactive book that allows young children to explore the world of buttons, from a singing button to a tickle button and a button that makes a rude sound.
Nicholls, the author of several middle grade and YA novels, based the book on the types of books her son enjoyed reading, saying: “When my son was a baby, he loved books he could interact with - anything with buttons to press and flaps to lift and things to stroke. But he was 18 months before I found a book that he liked just for the story. The Button Book is a collection of all the things which made him happiest as a small child.”
Andersen has world rights; Nicholls is represented by Jodie Hodges at United Agents and Bethan Woollvin by Paul Moreton at Bell Lomax Moreton. Rights deals have already sold in eight territories, including the US and China.
Sue Buswell, picture book editorial director for Andersen Press, said: “We’re truly delighted to be continuing our successful relationship with Sally Nicholls, and with The Button Book she’s written something wonderfully innovative and different – an interactive picture book where both adults and children make the sounds, and join in the actions. Children everywhere will be tickled by their grown-ups making fools of themselves. We are also thrilled to welcome award-winning, rising-star Bethan Woollvin to the Andersen list, adding yet another outstanding, contemporary artist to our list.”