Thames & Hudson has been awarded the licence for a television tie-in publishing programme based on “Messy Goes to Okido”, a new animated show launching on CBeebies in September 2015.
Scientist Sophie Dauvois and illustrator Rachel Ortas launched the first Okido magazine from their South London kitchen in 2007. “Messy Goes to Okido” will be a science comedy TV show for children aged 4+ years. In each episode, Messy Monster is confronted with a question about science to answer and he has adventures with his gang of friends in the animated land of Okido whilst searching for the answer.
Thames & Hudson plans to bring Messy Monster’s TV personality to life through stories, science and craft activities, jokes and games across the topics of nature, the body, space and our world. There will be seven key strands to the publishing programme, consisting of storybooks, doodle pads, scrapbooks, sticker books, activity cards, reference books and novelty items. The publisher has previously published several books with the Okido team, including My Animal Book and My Head-to-Toe Body Book.
Jane Wilsher, commissioning editor at Thames & Hudson, said: “We are thrilled to be working with the Okido team again. This collaboration is an exciting opportunity to bring together the creative talents of the Okido authors and illustrators with the best of children’s publishing and television.”
The 52-part series, produced and animated by Doodle Productions, will launch in September 2015 and international rights will be distributed worldwide across all media by DHX. Thames & Hudson will launch its tie-in publishing programme in October 2015 with Sandwiches in Space.