Madonna's book, The English Roses, is expected to be the widest simultaneous multi-language release in publishing history

Madonna's illustrated storybook series to debut on September 15, 2003 worldwide in more than 100 countries

New York, New York - Madonna is poised to make book publishing history when The English Roses, the first title of the original series of five illustrated storybooks, all of which were written by her, is published in hardcover globally on September 15, 2003.  It is anticipated that upon publication date, Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with some of the most prestigious literary publishers in the world, will release Madonna's book simultaneously worldwide in 42 language editions in more than 100 countries.  The English Roses is a story for young readers about friendship, jealousy, sleepover parties, and fairy godmothers with stunning full-color illustrations throughout.

Each of these books will feature exquisite illustrations by internationally acclaimed artists. The identity of the illustrator of The English Roses will be revealed on the book's publication date on September 15th.  The title and publication date of the second book in the series will also be announced upon publication of the first book.

International rights have been arranged by Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, New York and London, who also represented Callaway Editions in New York when the English language rights to the five books were acquired by Penguin Group in March 2003.

To date, the list of preeminent publishers globally includes Albatros (Czech Republic), Alma Littera (Lithuania), Aschehoug (Norway), Bokadeild Foroya Laerafelags (Faroe Islands), Callaway (United States), CITIC/Liaoning Education Press (China), DestinoPlaneta Group (Spain/Latin America/Catalan), Dom Quixote (Portugal), Egmont Richters (Sweden), Mag og Mennig (Iceland), EKSMO (Russia), Feltrinelli (Italy), Forum (Denmark), Gallimard (France), Grimm (Taiwan), Hanser (Germany), Iletisim (Turkey), Izvori (Croatia), Kibea (Bulgaria), Kinneret (Israel), Magyar Konyvklub (Hungary), Nanmeebooks (Thailand), Penguin UK (United Kingdom), Psichogios (Greece), Rao (Romania), Rocco (Brazil), Scholastic Canada (French Canada), Scholastic en Espanol (Spanish language in the U.S.), Vale Novak (Slovenia), Vassallucci (Holland), WSOY (Finland) and Zysk (Poland).

Nicholas Callaway, Editor and Publisher, Callaway Editions, Inc., comments, "The quality, beauty and timelessness of Madonna's stories evidently have struck a chord with some of the world's most expert children's publishers. It's hardly news that Madonna knows how to communicate. Now thanks to this global network of publishing partners that have joined together, we will have a new generation throughout the world that will know Madonna as an inspiring storyteller."

In the U.S., the titles will be published by Callaway Editions, the distinguished illustrated book publisher, and distributed by Penguin Group (USA).  The projected first printing in the U.S. will be 400,000 copies. In all other English language markets, the books will be published by Puffin, the children's imprint of Penguin Group (UK).

Hedwige Pasquet, Managing Director of Gallimard Jeunesse, the renowned French publisher, says, "To be a part of an international publishing phenomenon of this magnitude and quality is exciting and wonderful. It's not very often that so many prestigious publishers come together and share a common global passion and vision for a series of books."

Doug Whiteman, President, Penguin Young Readers Group in the U.S., comments, "We are extremely excited to be a part of this landmark publishing event. My colleague, Francesca Dow, her Puffin team, and the entire Penguin Group share this enthusiasm as we look forward to the worldwide launch of Madonna's storybook series. "

Notes

Penguin Group (USA) had three #1 New York Times best-selling Young Readers titles in 2002, including two titles by celebrated picture book author Jan Brett and one by Brian Jacques.  Other best-selling Penguin Young Readers Group authors include Judy Blume, Eric Carle, Tomie dePaola, Roald Dahl, Eric Hill, Don Freeman, Hardie Gramatky, Robert McCloskey, A.A. Milne, Richard Peck, Patricia Polacco, and dozens of other popular authors.  Penguin Group (USA) Young Readers perennial favorites include The Little Engine That Could and the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.

Puffin is the UK's leading publisher of children's books and one of its best-loved brands.  The publishing programme spans illustrated books for the very young through to teenage fiction, poetry and non-fiction.  Puffin publishes an award-winning range of best-selling authors, including Janet and Allan Ahlberg, Eric Carle, Eoin Colfer, Roald Dahl, Anne Fine, Dick King-Smith and Melvin Burgess.  Puffin is part of Penguin Group (UK).

The Penguin Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Callaway is a brand name, illustrated book publisher with a worldwide reputation for its state-of-the-art visual books.  Callaway titles have included some of the most highly acclaimed illustrated books of our time, including such titles as the best-selling Miss Spider series, written and illustrated by David Kirk, Hilary Knight's When I Have a Little Girl/When I Have a Little Boy, Georgia O'Keeffe: One Hundred Flowers, and Irving Penn's Passage.

Callaway's 3-D computer-animated television special, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids, debuted on Nickelodeon in March.  Callaway's Sunny Patch brand of children's lifestyle products has just launched at 1,150 Target Stores across the United States.

Further information

Marilyn Ducksworth, (212) 366-2564 for Penguin Group (USA)
Marilyn.Ducksworth@us.penguingroup.com

Joanna Prior, 011 44 020 7010 3250 for Penguin Group (UK)
Joanna.Prior@penguin.co.uk

Kathryn Bradwell, (212) 798-3165 for Callaway Editions, Inc.
Kathryn_Bradwell@callaway.com   (www.callaway.com)