Oxford University Press has signed a host of book deals in the run-up to the Bologna Book Fair, including titles by Joel Stewart and Roland Chambers.
OUP commissioning editor Peter Marley bought world rights Tiny Cops and Robbers, by Stewart, who is an illustrator who has worked with Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen.
Marley, who signed the deal with Jane Willis of United Agents, said: “Joel Stewart has created something very special in Tiny Cops and Robbers. It is the kind of book I can imagine children pulling off the bookshelf every bedtime and asking for time and again.”
Chambers’ book, Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody, is a “witty and wild tale of derring do” for girls, and is illustrated by Ella Okstand. Commissioning editor Clare Whitson bought the world rights from Louise Lamont at LBA Literary Agency.
In other OUP acquisitions, managing editor Kathy Webb has bought world rights to Electrigirl by Jo Cotterill from Penny Holroyd at Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Electrigirl is about a 12-year-old that suddenly develops the ability to create electricity.
Webb has also bought the world rights to a third title in the Nixie the Bad, Bad Fairy series by Cas Lester. Lester was represented by Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates.