HarperCollins to unveil new Judith Kerr fiction at Bologna

HarperCollins to unveil new Judith Kerr fiction at Bologna

HarperCollins Children’s Books will present a new fiction title from Judith Kerr, entitled The Curse of the School Rabbit, at next week’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

The book is described as a “fantastically funny” story about a boy, a rabbit and a lot of bad luck.

Executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “It’s always a magical moment when a new Judith Kerr Book arrives at HarperCollins. Brimming with wit and warmth, The Curse of the School Rabbit is a delightful tale with exquisite illustrations, combining funny and family in a way that only Judith can. We are truly delighted to be able to publish a new book by Judith in time to celebrate her 96th birthday in June this year. What a joy to publish such a wonderful woman.”

Murtagh and publishing director Kate Hayler acquired world rights directly from the author and will publish in the UK in June in hardback (£12.99) and e-book.

Kerr is one of the UK’s most loved children’s illustrators and has published classics such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Mog the Forgetful Cat and When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit. HarperCollins Children’s Books is currently working with Lupus Films on a TV version of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, which celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Kerr has sold just under 4 million books for £20.7m through Nielsen BookScan.