Children’s laureate Lauren Child will bring P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins series to life as part of a new four-year deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books.
This autumn, the publisher will release a gift edition of Mary Poppins (h/b, £14.99), brought to life in full colour by Child’s artwork, ahead of the release of the Disney film "Mary Poppins Returns". Child is also producing a fiction series based on her Hubert Horatio picture book character and the first Hubert Horatio fiction book will launch in hardback (£12.99), e-book and audiobook also in the autumn.
In 2019 HarperCollins Children’s Books will then release a new novel in the Clarice Bean series, Clarice Bean Comes Back (h/b, £12.99), to mark the 20th anniversary of the character. The first book, Clarice Bean, That’s Me, was released in 1999.
The four-year publishing deal with Child was struck via Richard Scrivener of the Creative Rights Agency.
Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, said: “Lauren is one of the most creative and imaginative book creators ever. Visionary and boundary-breaking, her distinctively witty prose, breathtakingly beautiful artwork and iconic characters have delighted children and adults alike for the past two decades. Lauren is simply an extraordinary talent and we are incredibly proud to publish her.”
Child was announced as the Waterstones Children’s Laureate in 2017 and is the creator of several iconic children’s book characters, including Ruby Redfort and Charlie and Lola. She won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato and her books have also been published by Puffin and Orchard Books.