Hodder acquires new Alex T Smith series

Hodder acquires new Alex T Smith series

Hodder Children’s Books has acquired a new fiction series by author and illustrator Alex T Smith, titled Mr Penguin. Mr Penguin.

The series will be fiction for readers aged 6+. Smith said: "The books are about Mr Penguin - a bumbling Private Adventurer (which is like a private detective but with more dangling precariously from great heights etc) and his long suffering sidekick Colin - a spider. Together the pair find themselves involved in a series of strange and thrilling adventures. There are mysteries to solve, secret codes, dangerous stunts, booby traps and plenty of fish finger sandwiches!"

The first book in the series, also titled Mr Penguin. Mr Penguin, will be published in 2018, with format and price to be confirmed.

Hodder acquired the world rights to two books from Arena Illustration.

Hodder Children’s Books also publishes Smith’s Claude series. Claude in the Country was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2013 and Claude in the City was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club in 2011.

The Claude series has sold 94,867 copies for £480,977, according to Nielsen BookScan. In total Alex T Smith has sold 132,624 for £663,844.