We are beyond excited to hear the news that Neil Gaiman has five new stories in the works for kids and young adults. The author, perhaps best known for his grown-up graphic novel work and short stories, made his first foray into children’s literature with stories like The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and Blueberry Girl.
In 2009, his book Coraline was turned into a movie. Gaiman is clever and smart, with a marvelous sense of wonder and a dry wit. We particularly love his riff on fairy tales and myths in his illustrated poetry book Instructions.
So we are over the moon to hear that he has more kids’ lit in the works—two picture books, plus three novels written with young adults in mind.
The two picture books will star a little panda, Chu, with Chu’s Day illustrated by Adam Rex (of the Lucy Rose series) to be published in January 2013.
There will also be a sequel to the Nordic fantasy of Odd and the Frost Giants; a novel about storytelling called Fortunately, the Milk, with artwork from Marvel Comics’ Skottie Young; and a third book whose identity remains a mystery. All five are to be published by HarperCollins.
As we mentioned, the British writer is well known for his graphic novels (in particular, Vertigo Comics’ The Sandman) and fiction (American Gods). You can find more about Gaiman’s children’s work at Mouse Circus. Make sure to check out the trailers for Blueberry Girl and Instructions.