Welsh independent children's publisher Firefly Press is publishing its first-ever non-fiction titles with the launch of the Stupendous Sports series written by Robin Bennett and illustrated by Matt Cherry.
Firefly acquired world rights in three titles from Joanna Moult at Skylark Literary. Kicking off with Rampaging Rugby in August 2021, the series aims to be a fun, humorous but informative introduction to world sport. With titles including Cool Cricket and Fabulous Football, the series will be published as B format black and white illustrated paperbacks for children aged seven to 11 years old. Each chapter will include cartoons, special player tips, irreverent explanations, fascinating facts and funny stories.
Rampaging Rugby will include a foreword and tips by Conrad Smith, a former All Blacks rugby player and double World Cup winner. A large-scale marketing and PR campaign is planned, to include light-hearted YouTube training shorts with tips and practical demonstrations.
Bennett is an author and entrepreneur who has written several books for children and business books. He said: "The central aim of the Stupendous Sports series is to teach kids about the sport but with a light touch and just as much about the spirit of the game as the rules. My hope is that the series does for PE what Horrible Histories did for Year 7 History with Mr Simkin."