Scholastic has acquired world rights to Zog and the Flying Doctors, a new picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.
The deal for world rights to the book, which is a follow-up to Zog and features Zog the dragon, Princess Pearl and Sir Galahad, was made by Alison Green of Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic. Donaldson is represented by Caroline Sheldon of the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.
Since it published in 2010, Zog has sold over one million copies and has been published in 19 languages, according to Scholastic.
Green said: “It is always an enormous thrill to receive a new manuscript from Julia Donaldson and to see Axel Scheffler bring it to life with his irresistible illustrations. Together they create true magic, and Zog and Flying Doctors is set to captivate children, parents and grandparents worldwide.”
Scholastic will publish the book in September 2016 with a “mighty marketing and publicity campaign”.
Donaldson began her partnership with Scheffler in the late nineties when she asked him to illustrate The Gruffalo (Macmillan Children’s Books). Since then the duo have worked several more books for Macmillan, including Monkey Puzzle and The Snail and the Whale.
Alison Green Books has published several more books by the pair, the most recent one being The Scarecrow’s Wedding, which came out last year.
Picture: Chris Watt.