HarperCollins has bagged the sequel to Katherine Applegate’s novel The One and Only Ivan, soon to be a film from Walt Disney Studios.
In a global co-publication deal, world English rights to The One and Only Bob were acquired from Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties by Tara Weikum, editorial director at HarperUS. UK rights were taken by Harriet Wilson, publishing director for HarperCollins Children’s Books for release on 14th May.
Its synopsis explains: "The story follows Ivan’s canine friend Bob as he sets out on a dangerous journey in search of his long-lost sister, with the aid of his two best friends, Ivan and Ruby. As a hurricane approaches and time is running out, Bob finds courage he never knew he had, and he learns the true meaning of friendship and family."
Applegate, a Newbery Medal winner, added: "It’s been such a joy to spend more time with these three dear friends. I’ve had so many readers ask me to write a novel about Bob. He’s a great character: funny and loyal, if a bit rough around the edges. Turns out he has a tender side, too—and even a touch of hero in his heart."
Scheduled to be released on 14th August, "The One and Only Ivan" movie will feature Sam Rockwell as the voice of Ivan and Danny DeVito as the voice of Bob, and will also star Bryan Cranston, Ariana Greenblatt, as well as the voices of Angelina Jolie, Ramon Rodriguez, Brooklynn Prince and Helen Mirren.