Hachette Children’s Books has acquired a new comedic and heart-warming festive tale from Giles Andreae, the author of international bestseller Giraffes Can’t Dance.
Called Monster Christmas, the book features the illustrations of the publishing world’s rising star Nikki Dyson, and will be published in hardback on October 1, 2020.
The deal was signed by Frances Elks, editorial director for picture books, with Jodie Hodges at United Agents for Giles Andreae, and Kate Johnson at Advocate Art Agency for Nikki Dyson.
In Andreae’s signature uplifting and affirming style, Monster Christmas contains an important message about acceptance and embracing difference. When Santa needs a break, Monster Christmas kindly steps in. There’s just one problem… everyone’s scared of him. Can Monster Christmas persuade the world to see past his appearance to the kindness within?
Elks said: “From the moment I read Monster Christmas, I knew it had all the hallmarks of a Christmas classic. Together, Giles and Nikki have created the most irresistible Christmas monster who’s sure to win the hearts of families everywhere.”
Giles Andreae is the author of many top-selling, award-winning picture books. These include Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean and I Love My Mummy. However, it is for the international bestseller Giraffes Can’t Dance – which celebrated its 20th anniversary year in 2019 – that he is best known. Andrea is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain’s favourite stickman, and of the artist/philosopher, Edward Monkton.
Andreae added: “I’m thrilled to be working with Nikki on such an exciting new character. She has brought a real charm, humour and emotional tenderness to the story of this kind-hearted little monster.”
Meanwhile, Nikki Dyson has been illustrating children’s book since 2006, as well as creating artwork for Hallmark and National Geographic Kids. For Hachette Children’s Group she has illustrated the hugely popular Oscar the Hungry Unicorn series with Lou Carter.
Dyson’s books include Dinosaurs Don’t Have Bedtimes, Zippo the Super Hippo, and You’re Called What?!