Sophie Kinsella has signed a two-book deal with Puffin for a new young fiction series.
The first book, Mummy Fairy and Me, tells the story of a girl called Ella, whose mother is a fairy. It is illustrated by Marta Kissi.
Puffin said: “Readers can expect family, friendship and plenty of magic in this sweet and funny new series. With fun, quirky illustrations by Marta Kissi, hints of Horrid Henry humour, the chaos of The Worst Witch and the warmth of Pippi Longstocking, Mummy Fairy and Me is guaranteed to have real appeal for a young audience.”
The deal was negotiated by Ruth Knowles and Carmen McCullough, editor at penguin Random House Children’s, with Philippa Milnes-Smith and Araminta Whitley at The Lucas Alexander Whitley.
Kinsella said: “As a mother of five, I’ve always told stories to children. I invented Mummy Fairy, Ella and the Computawand for my youngest two children and now I’m thrilled that they will find a wider audience. I’ve been so delighted at the way my publishers have taken the characters to their hearts.”
McCullough added: “(Kinsella) knows exactly what excites a young child’s imagination and brings a marvellous modern twist to magic.”
The first book will publish in January 2018.