Jenny Colgan to publish children's book

Jenny Colgan to publish children's book

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR) will next year publish the first children’s book from best-selling women’s fiction author Jenny Colgan.

Polly and the Puffin, an illustrated chapter book for readers aged 5+, is about Neil the puffin, a character from Colgan’s adult novel Little Beach Street Bakery, which was published by Little, Brown imprint Sphere last year. The book will be released in February 2015 alongside publication of Jenny’s next adult novel, Summer at the Little Beach Street Bakery.

Karen Ball, publisher at Atom and LBYR, acquired the world rights in a two-book deal from the Jo Unwin Literary Agency. Ball said: “When Jenny suggested a children’s book based around a puffin in Little Beach Street Bakery, I was immediately intrigued by the opportunity… Neil is a charming character who is already well-loved by fans of Jenny’s adult novels.”

Colgan said she wrote the book after an overwhelming response from readers to the character of Neil and added that it was a “joy” to write him into a book of his own.

The title is illustrated by Thomas Docherty, represented by Penny Holroyde of the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency, and will hit the shelves in February 2015.