Scholastic signs screenwriter Johnny Smith

Scholastic signs screenwriter Johnny Smith

Scholastic Children’s Books has signed a four-book deal with Johnny Smith, a screenwriter on CBBC TV shows such as "Dennis & Gnasher" and "Muddle Earth".

The series, John Smith is NOT Boring, is about John Smith who has a boring name but his adventures take him from the Wild West to pirate infested seas. The first two books, Cap'n John the (Slightly) Fierce and Sir John the (Mostly) Brave will publish in April 2015, with a further two titles to follow in July 2015.

Scholstic acquired world rights from Gemma Hirst of Gemma Hirst Associates.

Commissioning editor Helen Thomas said: “These hilarious, page-turning stories show you don’t need the most exciting name, outfit or gadget – every child can be the hero of their own adventure.”

Smith is also writing an original family film for Aardman Animation and adapting a “high profile book” for The Imaginarium, the agency founded by actor Andy Serkis.