Faber has acquired four classic titles from "one of the founding fathers of children's illustration", Richard Scarry, which are currently unavailable in the UK.
Leah Thaxton, children's publisher at Faber & Faber, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown Ltd. Richard Scarry’s Best Busy Year Ever and Richard Scarry’s The Adventures of Lowly Worm will be published in paperback on 7th January 2021. Richard Scarry’s Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon and Richard Scarry’s ABC Word Book will be published in paperback and hardback respectively on 4th March 2021.
Thaxton said: "What a magical moment for Faber, publishing four classics from one of the founding fathers of children’s illustration: Richard Scarry has influenced so many illustrators across the industry and continues to entrance children and adults of all ages. We feel very proud to bring these four essential classics packed with zany humour and warmth to the UK market."
Scarry (pictured), who was born in Boston and moved to Switzerland in 1968, wrote and illustrated more than 250 books which have gone on to sell over 150 million copies globally according to Faber. His son, Huck Scarry, said: "I am truly delighted that Faber is bringing to young readers throughout the UK these four distinct Richard Scarry titles. While each book has quite different content, all four share the charm, warmth, positivity and craziness that Richard Scarry is so much loved for."