NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 NEW YORK, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- HarperCollins Publishers announced today that it has signed #1 New York Times bestselling and Newbery Medal-winning author Neil Gaiman to a major multi-book
deal for three novels and two picture books that will feature the return of some beloved characters and introduce new favorites. Neil Gaiman is the author of many highly-acclaimed books for children and adults,
including the New York Times #1 bestselling The Graveyard Book, the only book ever to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie Medals. He is also the author of the bestsellers Coraline,Stardust, and Odd and the Frost Giants. Coraline was made into an
Academy Award-nominated animated feature film.
The multi-book deal for North American rights was negotiated at HarperCollins Children's Books by Kate Morgan Jackson, Editor-in-Chief, and Rosemary Brosnan, Executive Editor, with Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House. "We are thrilled to sign these wonderful and diverse books by the immensely talented Neil Gaiman, who is such a treasure and has so many fans of all ages," says his editor, Rosemary Brosnan. The two new picture books will center on Chu, the loveable little panda with the great big sneeze who stars in the forthcoming picture book Chu's Day, illustrated by Adam Rex. Chu's Day will be published on January 8, 2013. The Chu books were inspired by a visit Gaiman made to China. A hilarious young middle-grade novel titled Fortunately, the Milk will feature numerous interior illustrations by Skottie Young, and is an ode to the pleasure and wonders of storytelling itself. Also included in the deal is a sequel to Odd and the Frost Giants, which will follow the Viking boy Odd on further adventures. In addition, Gaiman will write a middle grade novel, as yet untitled.