Neil Gaiman has won armfuls of prizes for his books for adults and children. Now the bestselling author is set to publish his first picture book for the very young, Chu’s Day, the story of a little panda with a very big sneeze.
Gaiman has just signed a five-book deal with his American publisher HarperCollins, which will see him focusing on children’s books. The deal is for three children’s novels – including a sequel to Odd and the Frost Giants and a book titled Fortunately, the Milk, illustrated by Skottie Young – and two picture books. Chu’s Day will be illustrated by Adam Rex and published next January.
“Chu’s Day is the first book I’ve ever written for really little kids. Ones who cannot read. Ones who can only just walk. Those ones. I hope that they like it, or at least, that they love Adam Rex’s amazing illustrations,” said Gaiman on his blog. The picture book will follow the sneeze-prone Chu on a day of adventure that will “test his sneeze-resisting powers to the limit – there’s the library (dusty books!), the diner (pepper!), and then the circus (all those animals!). How big can a sneeze really be? Just wait and see …”