Astrosaurs creator Steve Cole signed by Hachette for new series

Rights - Children Friday, 11 January 2019

Three-book deal features Adventure Duck - 'who didn't ask for greatness'


Sarah Leonard, commissioning editor at Hachette Children’s Group has acquired World Rights for Adventure Duck vs. Power Pug, the first in a three-book series. The deal was brokered with Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley. Adventure Duck vs Power Pug publishes in April, with
Adventure Duck vs. Armadillo Army arriving in August and the third in January 2020.

According to the acquisition statement, 'the brilliant new series by Steve Cole features a hysterical cast
of characters illustrated by emerging talent Aleksei Bitskoff. Adventure Duck didn't ask for greatness. All he wanted was his nest on the duckpond and plenty of soggy bread to eat. But when a meteor gives him
superpowers, he knows he must fly into battle and defeat the forces of evil.'

Editorial Director Jessica Tarrant said: "Only Steve Cole could come up with a superhero as completely quackers as Adventure Duck! For younger readers looking for a hilarious, action-packed read, this series will fit the bill."

Cole said: "With Adventure Duck I've gone all out for fun and silliness with superhero thrills and
action. Aleksei's artwork and the book design are so engaging, I love how vividly they bring this world to
life!"

Cole's books for children and young adults have sold over three million copies. His Astrosaurs young fiction series has been a UK top-ten children’s bestseller and been published widely internationally. In 2014 he was chosen by Ian Fleming Publications to succeed Charlie Higson as the writer for Young Bond, with four novels following.

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