Simon & Schuster Children's signs young fiction series by Ali Pye

Rights - Children Friday, 22 February 2019

The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, about the escapades of a greedy guinea pig, is aimed at children aged 5+

Simon & Schuster Children's (UK) has signed three books in a new series, The Adventures of Harry Stevenson, written and illustrated by Ali Pye. Lucy Rogers, senior commissioning editor, bought world rights from Jodie Hodges at United Agents.

Ali Pye has illustrated a number of picture books, including You Can Never Run Out of Love (Simon & Schuster), with text by Helen Docherty, and Rosie Is My Best Friend (Simon & Schuster), for which Pye is author-illustrator.

The Adventures of Harry Stevenson
will be her first fiction series - aimed at children aged 5+ and will follow the escapades of a guinea pig named Harry as 'he accidentally embarks on some very unexpected adventures.' Each book will feature two stories with interior illustrations picked out in an eye-catching fluoro pantone. The first book is due to publish in June, with the following books publishing six months after one another.

Rogers said: "First there was Peter Rabbit, then Paddington Bear and now … Harry Stevenson! I defy readers not to fall head over heels in love with this greedy guinea pig and unlikely hero."

Pye said: "It's been such a joy to write about Harry Stevenson and his escapades. Harry is a reluctant star: he's plump, unassuming and lazy, and would much rather read the newspaper than have adventures. But he gets up to such ridiculously mad things that it would be a shame not to share them."

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