David Walliams pens Comic Relief title

David Walliams pens Comic Relief title

Bestselling author David Walliams has written an exclusive picture book for Comic Relief.

The Queen’s Orang-Utan will be published byHarperCollins Children’s Books on the 26th February, ahead of Red Nose Day on the 13th March, for £4.99. All of the profits, which will amount to at least £3 from every copy sold, according to the publisher, will go to the charity.

The book is illustrated by Tony Ross, who collaborated with Walliams on his previous two picture books The Slightly Annoying Elephant and The First Hippo on the Moon.

Ann-Janine Murtagh, executive publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, said: “David Walliams is a genius storyteller – adored by millions of children worldwide. He has written this wonderfully irreverent and hilarious tale especially for Comic Relief – and what a wonderful gift it is! His inimitable storytelling is on top form and will delight young and old.”

Walliams has participated in several fundraising venture for Comic Relief and raised £1m for the charity by swimming the length of the channel in 2006.

He is one of the UK’s most successful children’s authors and his fiction title Awful Auntie topped the chart last year, with print sales totaling £3.3m in the UK, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market figures.

Two other Walliams titles – Gangsta Granny and Ratburger – also made it into the top 10 children’s books of the year.