Faber have acquired four classic Richard Scarry titles, currently unavailable in the UK.
Publishing in January and March next year, these high-quality gift editions of the very best, most popular titles promise to restore Scarry’s place as a national treasure and bring his best loved characters to a new generation of young readers.
Richard Scarry is unquestionably one of the most-loved children’s illustrators of all time. He wrote and illustrated more than 250 books which have gone on to sell over 150 million copies globally. Scarry, who was born in Boston and moved to Switzerland in 1968, once wrote: ‘It’s a precious thing to be communicating to children, helping them discover the gift of language and thought. I’m happy to be doing it.’
Leah Thaxton, Publisher said:
What a magical moment for Faber, publishing four classics from one of the founding fathers of children’s illustration: Richard Scarry has influenced so many illustrators across the industry from Dapo Adeola to Chris Mould, and continues to entrance children and adults of all ages. We feel very proud to bring these four essential classics to the UK market. They are packed with zany humour and warmth – surely the best way to teach young children about our extraordinary world!? Three cheers for Richard Scarry.
Huck Scarry, Richard’s son said:
I am truly delighted that Faber is bringing to young readers throughout the UK, which includes parents, grandparents and babysitters, these four distinct Richard Scarry titles. While each book has quite different content, all four share the charm, warmth, positiveness and craziness that Richard Scarry is so much loved for.
Ginger Clark, Vice President at Curtis Brown said:
I was thrilled to do this deal on behalf of Huck and my colleague Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown. Leah has been a fan of the Scarry books since she was young, and I think the whole of Faber Children’s has been as well. I’m delighted that Huck and the Richard Scarry Estate have such an enthusiastic new partner in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.
Thaxton acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown Ltd. Richard Scarry’s Best Busy Year Ever and Richard Scarry’s The Adventures of Lowly Worm will publish in paperback on 7th January 2021. Richard Scarry’s Peasant Pig and the Terrible Dragon and Richard Scarry’s ABC Word Book will publish in paperback and hardback respectively on 4th March 2021.