Orchard acquires picture book from Snicket and Klassen

Orchard acquires picture book from Snicket and Klassen

Hachette publisher Orchard Books has acquired a new picture book from author Lemony Snicket and artist Jon Klassen. It will publish The Dark in hardback this April.

Picture, gift and novelty book publisher Kate Burns bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Australia, for both print and digital, in the title from Kirstin Dulaney, associate director, subsidiary rights, for Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the US. The Dark is described by the publisher as bringing “to light a universal, empowering story about conquering a fear of the dark”.

Burns said: “I am delighted to welcome Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen to the Orchard Books’ picture book list. It’s a dream partnership. The Dark is an incredible book—the beauty and power of the writing is matched seamlessly by the simple yet deeply evocative art.”