The classic adventures, by the late Jeff Brown have been entertaining children for over 45 years and have sold several million copies worldwide.
The first book, published in 1964 saw a perfectly normal boy, Stanley Lambchop flattened by his noticeboard, leaving him happy and healthy, but only one-a-half inches thick, opening the door to a new life of adventures.
This new deal struck by Egmont’s Fiction publisher Leah Thaxton (for the UK and British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada) will see three new novels and four books for younger readers hit the shelves. They are the first since Jeff Brown’s death in 2003.
The first novel, Flat Stanley and the Great Egyptian Grave Robber will be published in July 2010 and the first title for younger fans Flat Stanley and the Haunted House later in the same year.
As well as being a publishing phenomenon Flat Stanley is also a successful schools project. Children worldwide create and send paper Stanleys to other schools who host his visit and return him with a diary of what he has been up to and photos of his trip.
In the ten years since the project has been running, he has also been ‘hosted’ by celebrities, politicians and sports stars. Some of his favourite hosts, pictured here include President Barack Obama, Muhammed Ali, Buzz Aldrin and Colin Farrell. He has also attended the Oscars with Clint Eastwood, travelled up Mount Everest and into space.
Egmont Press currently publishes six classic Flat Stanley novels and a Flat Stanley picture book, which have amassed sales of over 600,000 since 2002. On her latest deal Leah Thaxton said: “Stanley may be flat but his sales certainly aren’t. I hope these new additions will see his star rise even further.”