Chicken House buys humorous Read's debut

Chicken House buys humorous Read's debut

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.”