Writer Julia Donaldson and illustrator Lydia Monks have created a sequel to What the Ladybird Heard, entitled What the Ladybird Heard Next, which will be published by Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) in September.
The new book is described as a “fantastically funny farmyard caper” and will continue the story of the first book, which was published in 2009. In the sequel, robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail and heading back to the farm with another plan to cause trouble. Luckily the ladybird is on their trail and comes up with a plan to thwart the pesky duo.
“I was so thrilled to revisit our old friends on the farm. Julia has given them such a brilliant new adventure and it was a real pleasure to bring it to life with my illustrations,” said Monks. “That clever little ladybird has become a firm favourite, and I am delighted that she has been given another opportunity to fly.”
MCB acquired world rights across all territories to the text from the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency and to the illustrations by Lydia from Hilary Delamere at The Agency.
Donaldson and Monks began working together 12 years ago when they collaborated on Princess Mirror-Belle, Donaldson’s fiction series for younger readers. What the Ladybird Heard Next will be the eighth picture book from the pair.
Donaldson is one of the most successful writers of recent years and in 2014 she became the first author to record annual sales of over £10m in five consecutive years.
What the Ladybird Heard Next will be published in 10th September in hardback, priced at £11.99.
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