David Walliams has announced his “monstrously funny” next picture book for HarperCollins Children's Books, Little Monsters, with new illustrator Adam Stower.
Little Monsters will publish on 15th October, in hardback with simultaneous e-book and audio. The picture book is Walliams' eighth for the very young. His previous picture books were illustrated by Tony Ross, who has suggested focusing on the future novels as Walliams' relentless publishing schedule continues to grow.
The blurb explains: “Little Monsters invites children to meet Howler, a small werewolf with a big problem. He is just not scary! And that makes him the odd one out at Monster School... But then Howler finds some new friends, and in a lovely and unexpected twist at the end he discovers that being the odd one out might just make him the coolest one of all... Children will howl with laughter in reading this monstrously funny picture book, which celebrates individuality and finding your own voice.”
Walliams said, “I hope this book will be the perfect treat for little ones this Halloween and beyond.”
Stower is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, whose most recent accolades include winning the 2020 Alligators Mouth Award for Illustrated Early Fiction with King Coo—the Curse of the Mummy’s Gold (David Fickling).
He said: “I am thrilled to join the World of David Walliams team. Little Monsters is packed with humour, warmth and wonderful characters and has been an absolute pleasure to illustrate.”
Walliams global sales now exceed 40 million copies with his books translated into 53 languages, according to the publisher. His first picture book for younger readers, The Slightly Annoying Elephant, was published in 2013. He then went on to write a further six picture books with Tony Ross. In his writing career, he has racked up sales of 19.2 million books for £112m, with Gangsta Granny his bestseller on 1.48 million. Latest book The World's Worst Parents has sold 247,832 copies since July.
HarperCollins Children’s Books executive publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said: “We are thrilled to unveil David’s new picture book, Little Monsters, heralding a fabulous autumn of Walliams publishing that promises to delight his readers all the way to Christmas. Little Monsters is packed with giggles galore and is a joy to read aloud. Children will adore David’s charming little hero, Howler, who stars in a story full of surprises that will be read again and again.
"We are excited to welcome Adam Stower to the list in his debut as an illustrator for David. Adam’s fresh and playful style is the perfect partner to David’s glorious storytelling. Little Monsters guarantees much needed family fun and laughter this Halloween, and will be the perfect treat for the season ahead.”
Asked about Ross, a HarperCollins spokesperson said: "HarperCollins remain committed and cherish the partnership of Tony Ross and David Walliams who have worked together for other a decade. As the pace of David’s publishing has increased in recent years Tony has suggested his focus should be on the novels . We look forward to continuing to work with Tony on David’s books and, alongside this, welcoming new illustrators to The World Of David Walliams publishing."