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Walker Books readies for the 30th anniversary of Maisy Mouse

Walker Books and its US sister company, Candlewick Press are preparing some big celebrations for the 30th anniversary of its popular children’s book series and character, Maisy Mouse.

With global book sales of more than 38 million copies of over 300 titles in a wide variety of formats, Maisy Mouse has been a favourite with pre-school children and their carers for nearly three decades.

Maisy has inspired not only books, but a popular TV show and DVDs, as well as plush, toys and a number of other licensed products. The celebration of Maisy’s 30th anniversary will build on this popularity, starting with a new logo that encapsulates the appeal of the character in the words: Celebrating 30 years of Maisy. Friends. Learning. Fun.

This message has also informed a style guide which translates into all key categories, including tableware, apparel, plush, bags, calendars, cards, toys and stationery. This guide will be part of a campaign that will offer licensing partners the chance to participate in the 30th anniversary.

Promotional events will also be part of the celebrations. Partnerships with educational groups and across a variety of media are planned to underline the popularity of Maisy and her friends with pre-schoolers, parents and teachers.

Strong promotional opportunities are expected to land in Asia, where the imminent arrival of the Year of the Rat in early 2020 has boosted the region’s already strong interest in Maisy’s anniversary, and offered opportunities to link the two events in promotions and marketing.

Since their launch just under 30 years ago, the charming Maisy Mouse picture books, written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins, featuring Maisy and her friends Charley the crocodile, Tallulah the chick, Cyril the squirrel, and Eddie the elephant, have become a multi-million-selling worldwide success.

Walker Books Ltd in the UK continues to publish an average of ten Maisy books a year, including board and novelty books with friends, learning and fun at their core. The series includes themes such as First Experiences, First Science, First Concepts and First Words.

In addition, a popular brand website, a quarterly newsletter and regular character costume events have reinforced the enormous appeal of the books and their positive, inquisitive and bold heroine.

Pindy O’Brien, licensing and retail development director, key franchises, Walker Books, said: “Maisy’s positive, friendly and inquiring outlook and her ability to connect with new generations of children continue to make her popular all over the world.

“The 30th anniversary of this much-loved character is well worth celebrating – as fans of all ages will no doubt agree.”

About Robert Hutchins

Robert Hutchins is the editor of Licensing.biz and ToyNews. Hutchins has worked his way up from Staff Writer to the position of Editor across the two titles, having spent some six years with both ToyNews and Licensing.biz, and what now seems like a lifetime surrounded by toys. You can contact him by emailing robert.hutchins@bizmedia.co.uk or calling him on 0203 143 8780 You can even follow him on Twitter @RobHutchins3 if ranting is your thing...

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