OCTOBER 27, 2011: New York and Portland – Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired world print and electronic rights to a publishing program based on ParaNorman, according to Travis Knight, LAIKA’s President & CEO and Andrew Smith, Vice President and Deputy Publisher at Little, Brown Books.
The acquisition for key movie tie-ins and an original middle-grade novel, based on ParaNorman, was made by Erin Stein, Senior Executive Editor. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers will launch this new publishing program in June 2012.
The publishing program features ParaNorman, an original illustrated middle-grade novel written by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel. Working closely with ParaNorman’s writer/co-director Chris Butler, Ms. Kimmel provides an exciting expanded version of the film’s story; it is illustrated in black and white. No stranger to writing about the paranormal world, Ms. Kimmel brings humor, heart and supernatural charm to Norman’s trials and tribulations.
For ParaNorman’s younger fans, the publishing program will also include an 8 x 8 storybook, ParaNorman: Attack of the Pilgrim Zombies! and a Level 2 early reader, ParaNorman: Meet the Ghosts, part of Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ recently launched leveled reading program, Passport to Reading. Both will be illustrated with full-color film stills.
“ParaNorman is unlike anything kids and parents have seen, and we are so pleased to be bringing Norman’s thrilling and heartfelt tale to readers, beyond what they will see in the cutting-edge film next summer,” said Mr. Smith. “We’re excited to work with LAIKA, world renowned for bringing great stories to groundbreaking visual life.”
“Little, Brown has a long history of care, daring, and dedication to the written word,” said Mr. Knight. “Their love of bold ideas, fidelity to artists and creators and a demonstrated commitment to excellence make them the perfect partner to bring the story of ParaNorman to the page. We’re thrilled to collaborate with such an exceptional publisher and wonderful creative team.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre, the second-largest publisher in the world. HBG publishes under the divisions of Little, Brown and Company, Grand Central Publishing, FaithWords, Center Street, Orbit and Hachette Digital.
Elizabeth Cody Kimmel is the author of the Suddenly Supernatural series and Lily B. books. She lives in Cold Spring, New York. For more information, click here.