Egmont Publishing has named the four writers tasked with penning an official sequel to A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
Writers Paul Bright, Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders and Brian Sibley will each play a role in the creation of the next title in the sequence, The Best Bear in All the World.
Publishing in October next year, the anthology of four stories will pay homage to Milne and E.H. Shepard’s famous bear and will arrive in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the first publication of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926.
Award winning writer Bright is the author of such picture and poetry books for children as Quiet!, Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch and I’m Not Going Out There. His most recent picture book, Sam’s Super Stinky Socks was published last year by Simon & Schuster.
Meanwhile, Willis is famed for having written over 300 titles including The Bog Baby, Tadpole’s Promise and Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets.
Saunders is a full-time author and journalists and has written numerous titles for adults and children, including such titles as Beswitched and The Whizz Pop.
Finally, Sibley is a writer, broadcaster and radio dramatist. He is also the author of Three Cheers for Pooh, published last year by Egmont.
The new title will be illustrated by Mark Burgess who will recreate the style of E.H. Shepard.
Nicole Pearson, creative director, Egmont Publishing, said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to work with four authors who have such passion and respect for Milne’s writing.
"Each really understood the wonderful characterization Milne brought to his books, his playwright’s facility with dialogue and, of course, his unique sense of humour.
"Each writer has managed to recapture the timeless appeal of the Hundred Acre Wood in their new stories and we very much hope that these adventures will remind fans of why they loved the original Winnie-the-Pooh books and also introduce ‘the best bear in all the world’ to a brand new generation of readers.”
Stephanie Thwaites, literary agent, Curtis Brown Group Ltd, added: “These are not easy footsteps to follow in and each one of the authors has risen to the challenge admirably. It has been a privilege to work on this project and we are delighted to be able to offer these new adventures to young readers and Winnie-the-Pooh fans throughout the world.”