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Macmillan Children’s Books Announces What the Ladybird Heard Next

Macmillan Children’s Books is delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks’ highly anticipated sequel to their bestselling 2009 picture book What the Ladybird Heard.
What the Ladybird Heard Next is another fantastically funny farmyard caper, with slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, and is destined to become yet another glittery classic in the Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks collection. The original text was acquired from Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency and illustrations by Lydia through Hilary Delamere at The Agency with World Rights and will publish in hardback on 10th September 2015, £11.99.
Publication will be backed by a moo-vellous marketing campaign with purr-fectly tailored activity for all accounts and outdoor advertising. It will be supported by baa-rilliant PR activity, including key events at Bath and Cheltenham Literary Festivals.
This new story returns to everyone’s favourite farmyard, only to discover that those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately, as ever, the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own.
The Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks author and illustrator partnership began 12 years ago, when they first worked on Princess Mirror-Belle, Julia’s fiction series for younger readers, in 2003. What the Ladybird Heard published to great acclaim in 2009. It has since sold over 1.3 million copies in all formats worldwide and been translated in to 15 languages. Julia and Lydia’s hugely successful partnership also includes the Number 1 best-selling title The Singing Mermaid, and most recently they returned to Princess Mirror-Belle with a new picture book format of this favourite imaginary friend character. Their partnership continues to go from strength to strength. What the Ladybird Heard Next will be the eighth picture book from this uniquely talented picture book partnership.
Lydia Monks says: “I was so thrilled to revisit our old friends on the farm. Julia has given them such a brilliant new adventure and it was a real pleasure to bring it to life with my illustrations. That clever little ladybird has become a firm favourite, and I am delighted that she has been given another opportunity to fly.”
What the Ladybird Heard was adapted into a stage play in 2014 with Lydia consulting on the production, set and costume design. It had an extensive UK tour and further dates for 2015 are due to be announced soon. Julia Donaldson is currently on an international tour, where she has performed her original picture book story to over 3000 in Australia and New Zealand. She is appearing at the Emirates Literary Festival in Dubai on Saturday 7th March to a further audience of more than 1000.

Thursday 5 March 2015



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