Simon & Schuster Children’s Books has acquired Diary of A Christmas Elf from children’s author and actor Ben Miller.
Publishing director Ali Dougal bought world English rights for the book from Luigi Bonomi at LBA.
The new deal will see three books launching across the year. The paperback edition of The Day I Fell into a Fairytale will publish in April 2021, followed by an untitled new novel in September 2021. Diary of a Christmas Elf will be released in time for Christmas 2021.
The synopsis explains: "Diary of a Christmas Elf is a warm festive classic about the importance of kindness. Tog the elf has always dreamt of working in Father Christmas’s workshop. So when his big chance comes, he’s over the moon. But someone starts stealing the toys from the workshop, and Tog comes under fire. Can he work out who the culprit is, find the toys, and rescue Christmas?"
Miller is an actor, director and comedian, best known for writing and starring in "The Armstrong and Miller Show" and his role as Rowan Atkinson’s sidekick, Bough, in "Johnny English". He also appeared on the big screen in the much loved film "Paddington 2".He is currently filming new ITV drama "Prof T" and is soon to appear in Netflix Original "Bridgerton". He has sold 138,932 books for £1.04m via Nielsen BookScan in the UK. His bestseller, The Night I Met Father Christmas, sold 32,804 copies in paperback.
He said: "It’s a joy to be a part of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books, and I’m beyond delighted that Diary of a Christmas Elf will be making its debut next Christmas. Tog will be thrilled that his memoirs, discovered in a glacier by a polar explorer, are finally being published for posterity!"
Commenting on the acquisition, Dougal said: "This year has been a big year for Ben and it’s been exciting to watch his books fly. Ben’s imagination twinkles with magic and he has a real nose for stories that children, their families and carers will love reading together. They’re going to adore Tog the elf, and I can’t wait to see where next year takes him."
Managing director Rachel Denwood said: "This has been Ben Miller’s break-out year, and we’re thrilled to follow up with such an exciting array of publishing in 2021. Ben’s wondrous, classic books have a unique place in the market and Simon & Schuster is proud to be building this glittering library of storytelling treats with further investment and focus."