Hachette Children’s Group will this summer publish a non-fiction picture book adaptation of a film, developed by Mother London for Greenpeace UK, about a mischievous orangutan on the loose in a little girl’s bedroom.
There’s a Rang-tan in my Bedroom, by James Sellick and illustrated by Frann Preston Gannon, will be published on the Wren & Rook list in hardback in August with a foreword from Dame Emma Thompson, who narrated the original film. A paperback edition will be published in May 2020.
The deal for world rights was brokered between Liza Miller, senior editor at Wren & Rook, and Mother London via Veronique Baxter at David Higham for the text by James Sellick, and Jodie Hodges at United Agents for the illustrations by Frann Preston-Gannon.
Liza Miller, senior editor at Wren & Rook, said: “As soon as I saw Greenpeace’s astonishing film about Rang-tan, I immediately knew it would make a perfect picture book. While the beautiful animation captured the attention of a huge audience online, we knew that reimagining the story was vital for its important message to resonate with picture book readers. Frann’s gorgeous illustrations will reach a new wave of young Rang-tan fans.”
The story shows a little girl who, when she discovered a mischievous orangutan on the loose in her bedroom, can't understand why it keeps shouting OOO! at her shampoo and her chocolate. When Rang-tan explains that there are humans running wild in her rainforest, burning down trees so they can grow palm oil to put in products, the little girl knows what she has to do: help save the orangutans.
John Sauven, executive director at Greenpeace UK, said: “Rang-tan has already made a huge difference to how much people know about the impact palm oil is having on rainforests, wildlife and the climate. We’ve had requests from schools far and wide for resources to help teach children about deforestation as a result of Rang-tan. With this beautiful book we hope to inspire thousands more children and their parents to learn about and care for the world’s forests, and enable them to take action. Our children’s voices are especially important and we want to help ensure they are heard loud and clear.”