Puffin is to publish a new picture book by The Very Hungry Caterpillar author Eric Carle.
The Nonsense Show will celebrate surrealism, and will be published in October to coincide with US publication.
Jo Hanks, editorial director at Puffin, bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to The Nonsense Show through Motoko Inoue from the Eric Carle estate.
Hanks said: “The Nonsense Show is a playful and anarchic picture book, perfectly matched by Carle's joyful collage artwork. An homage to the absurd world of surrealism, this book is an absolute riot to read aloud.”
Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s, said: “We are excited to be publishing a new picture book from Eric Carle this October. The Nonsense Show for children is a fantastic colourful story of an upside-down world - which the adult in us will also enjoy as a wonderful celebration of surrealism. A new picture book from Eric Carle is always an event and we look forward to sharing this publication with Eric’s millions of fans this autumn.”
Carle said: “I’ve written The Nonsense Show to introduce children to the wonderful world of surrealism. I hope this book will make children both laugh and think, and prepare them for a lifetime of loving both words and art.”
Earlier this year the paperback edition of Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar hit its 1000th week in the BookScan’s Total Consumer Market Top 5,000, becoming one of only two of the UK book trade’s only remaining Evergreens - titles which have never fallen out of the Bookscan TCM Top 5,000 since records began.