Shaun the Sheep’s brand-new Mossy Bottom Farm book series announced!
rom Spring 2014, Aardman’s publishing partner Walker will be grouping all media-related and media-inspired publishing, including TV and film tie-in titles and celebrity publishing, under the name of Walker Entertainment. The imprint will be known as Candlewick Entertainment in the US, with Australia carrying both lines.
Mossy Bottom Farm is the first exciting addition to the new imprint. Following an agreement between Aardman Animations and Walker Entertainment, the fiction titles will be based on the popular Aardman character Shaun the Sheep who first shot to fame in the Oscar-winning short film A Close Shave. The agreement with Aardman follows news that the animation studio will be teaming up with StudioCanal to produce the Shaun the Sheep movie, ensuring Shaun’s large global fan-base is about to get even bigger.
Rob Goodchild, Head of Licensing at Aardman Animations said, ‘We are delighted to be working with Walker Books at such an exciting time for them and for Shaun the Sheep. The Mossy Bottom Farm series will bring brand new stories and characters from Shaun’s world to a range of young fiction books. We know how much families enjoy watching the TV show and are sure they will take the same pleasure from reading these books together. ‘
Walker’s existing media-related brands such as Abney and Teal will also migrate to Walker Entertainment, and all Walker Productions projects will become part of the new imprint too, including the Tilly and Friends TV tie-in books based on the CBeebies series. Walker Entertainment’s launch line up will include new titles from both of these brands, as well as four tie-in editions of the Hank Zipzer novels originally published by Walker Books, to coincide with the CBBC show.