HarperCollins Children’s Books will publish David Walliams’ next picture book, The First Hippo on the Moon, on the 6th November.
The book is an “explosively funny” adventure story about two hippos as they dream of a space race to the moon, and is a “fantastic” follow-up to his debut picture book, The Slightly Annoying Elephant, which was published last year, according to publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh.
“David Walliams' storytelling has touched the hearts of millions of children worldwide with his novels – and it is a mark of his exceptional talent as a writer that he now brings all his imaginative flair to younger children with picture books. The First Hippo on the Moon… has all the classic Walliams hallmarks – humour and heart and unforgettable characters,” she said.
The book is illustrated by Walliams’ long-term collaborator Tony Ross and will be published in hardback (r.r.p. £12.99).
Walliams’ latest children’s fiction title, Awful Auntie, was released on the 25th September and has already become the fastest selling hardback published in 2014 after selling 100,000 copies in just two weeks.
Taking all his books into account, Walliams’ sales tally for 2014 over the 800,000 mark across all physical editions of his books and means he has so far been worth £4.3m to booksellers in the UK this year.
HarperCollins Children’s Books is also organising a live event with Walliams this Christmas to celebrate the launch of Awful Auntie and The First Hippo on the Moon. More details will be announced in the next few days.