Simon & Schuster Children’s UK has acquired the first young fiction series by picture book author and illustrator Ali Pye.
The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, written and illustrated by Pye, is about a guinea pig called Harry who embarks on a series of unexpected adventures. The first book is due to publish in June, with the following books publishing six months after one another.
Senior commissioning editor Lucy Rogers, who acquired world rights to three books from Jodie Hodges at United Agents, said: “First there was Peter Rabbit, then Paddington Bear and now Harry Stevenson! I defy readers not to fall head over heels in love with this greedy guinea pig and unlikely hero.”