Bloomsbury buys ‘Pug’ young fiction series

Bloomsbury buys ‘Pug’ young fiction series

Bloomsbury Children’s Books has acquired a three-book young fiction series about a pug dog from debut author Laura James.

Ellen Holgate, editorial director at Bloomsbury Children’s Books, acquired world rights from Gill McLay at the Bath Literary Agency.

The first book, Captain Pug, is about how Pug is set to sail the seas as a captain before his fear of water sets in. It will be illustrated by France-based illustrator Eglantine Ceulemans and will be published in May 2016.

Books two and three will follow in January and August 2017, respectively.

Commenting on the deal, publishing director Rebecca McNally said: “We have significantly increased our commitment to younger, illustrated fiction, making beautiful books that tell irresistible stories in words and pictures. Captain Pug is a seriously charming, funny, stand-out debut – it’s rare to find a new talent with such a gift for writing for younger readers. Laura’s text and Eglantine’s illustrations go together like Fred and Ginger. It’s a perfect match.”