PENGUIN YOUNG READERS GROUP (USA) TO PUBLISH "RETURN TO THE HUNDRED ACRE WOOD"
New York, NY (January 9, 2009) - It was announced today that Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group (USA), will publish the first authorized sequel to A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh and The House At Pooh Corner entitled Return to the Hundred Acre Wood to be released October 5th 2009. Egmont Publishing will publish the book simultaneously in the UK.
Michael Brown, for the Trustees of the Pooh Properties, who manage the affairs of the A. A. Milne and E.H. Shepard Estates said, "We have been hoping for a good many years that we might one day be able to offer the world a sequel which would do justice to the original Winnie-the-Pooh stories. The original books were one of the greatest celebrations of childhood in any language, but we believe that David Benedictus and Mark Burgess have captured the spirit and quality of those original books. We hope that the many millions of Pooh enthusiasts and readers around the world will embrace and cherish these new stories as if they had just emerged from the pen of A. A. Milne himself."
Don Weisberg, President of Penguin's Young Readers Group commented, "Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin are an integral part of so many children's reading experience. We are privileged to be part of this adventure to bring new tales to a generation of young people in the United States."
David Benedictus's manuscript was inspired by his familiarity with Winnie-the-Pooh's adventures after having worked on Audio CD adaptations of previous Winnie-the-Pooh stories. David has collaborated with illustrator Mark Burgess to create what is sure to become another treasured Winnie-the-Pooh book.
Author David Benedictus is delighted to be working on this exciting new project:
"It's an honour to have my sequel to the original stories approved by the Pooh Trustees. I hope that the new book will both complement and maintain Milne's idea that whatever happens, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing."
Notes to the press
Writer David Benedictus adapted and produced the audio adaptations of Winnie-the-Pooh starring Dame Judi Dench, Stephen Fry and Jane Horrocks. His second novel was filmed by Francis Ford Coppola. He has worked as assistant to Trevor Nunn at the RSC, was Commissioning Editor for Drama series at Channel 4, and ran The Book At Bedtime for BBC Radio.
Illustrator Mark Burgess has illustrated countless classic children's characters including Paddington Bear and Winnie-the-Pooh. He also designs greetings cards, web sites, animations and special warm places for his cat to sleep.
Dutton Children's Books is one of the oldest continually operating children's book publishers in the United States. Established more than 150 years ago, the imprint publishes approximately 75 hardcover titles each year, for children from preschool through high school. Dutton is home to such perennial classics as Winnie-the-Pooh, Judy Blume's Fudge novels, Newbery Award-winners such as The Westing Game and My Side of the Mountain, and Caldecott winners and honor books including Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky.
Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926 and is currently available in 50 languages around the world.
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood is also expected to be available in 50 languages around the world.
Michael Brown, Don Weisberg and David Benedictus are available for interviews.
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