Chicken House has bought world rights to Milton the Mighty, the funny debut novel by Emma Read.
Aimed at readers aged seven and above, Milton the Mighty is about a spider who has been branded deadly on social media and, along with his friends big hairy Ralph and spindly daddy-longlegs Audrey, must find a way to clear his name. To succeed, Milton must communicate with his house humans, a school-girl called Zoe and her arachnophobic dad, but doesn’t know if he is mighty enough to do so.
Publisher Barry Cunningham acquired world rights in a two-book deal from Lauren Gardner at Bell Lomax Moreton and will publish in July next year, with line illustrations and a covery by Alex G Griffiths.
Cunningham said: “Isn't it exciting to find a whole world of wonder in those dark corners? Milton will change the way we feel about spiders forever – and I can't wait to show how respect, love and fun are the really right feelings to have about our eight-legged companions.”