The cat is out of the bag! I am finally allowed to tell you that I will be illustrating a series of young fiction books for Simon & Schuster written by the great Philip Ardagh. They’re all about a young lady called Furry Purry Beancat (pictured). Looking forward to a new partnership with Philip, although I think I might need to seriously up my beard game...
SIMON & SCHUSTER UK ACQUIRE NEW YOUNG FICTION SERIES FROM PHILIP ARDAGH, Illustrated by Rob Biddulph
The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Beancat
Simon & Schuster Children’s (UK) today announced the acquisition of a four-book series from Philip Ardagh, illustrated by Rob Biddulph. Books One and Two of The Nine Lives of Purry Furry Beancat are due to be published in September 2020 with Book Three to follow in Spring 2021 and Book Four in Autumn 2021.
Jane Griffiths acquired World Rights in all four books from the author directly and World Rights in Rob Biddulph’s illustrations were acquired via Jodie Hodges at United Agents.
The Nine Lives of Furry Purry Beancat is being described as ‘Mr Ben meets Quantum Leap featuring the most irresistible cat since Bagpuss’.
Each book follows one of the nine lives of Furry Purry Beancat; from derring-do as a pirate captain’s cat to playing her part to save the library she calls home to heroic deeds in rough seas as the lighthouse keeper’s cat.
Each time Furry Purry Beancat awakes, she finds herself about to embark on an exciting new adventure. Furry Purry Beancat was inspired by Philip’s first cat, Beany, who lived until she was eighteen years old and was often found sitting with Philip in his study as he wrote his many novels.
Philip Ardagh says: ‘I’d heard such great things about Jane Griffiths and the children’s team at Simon & Schuster from a variety of fellow authors, that I thought she’d be ideal to approach with the idea of Furry Purry Beancat and, I’m delighted to say, she snapped it up. Jane suggested I team up with Rob Biddulph for the pictures – I love his illustrations – and I couldn’t be happier. The idea is for the series to be exciting, funny, heart-warming, and feline. I feel that Furry Purry Beancat has found the perfect home.’
Rob Biddulph says: ‘I’m delighted that the cat is finally out of the bag and I can tell you how pleased I am to be working with Mr Ardagh and the S&S team on these books. Philip is, literally and figuratively, a giant of the kidlit world and I can’t wait to get my claws into bringing his pal Beancat to life.’