The Bookseller – Rights – Walker fixed up with The Repair Shop Children’s series tie-in

Walker Textbooks has obtained a collection of children’s publications based mostly on the BBC television series “The Restore Store”, created by Amy Sparkes and illustrated by Katie Hickey.

Planet legal rights, excluding Australia, have been acquired by publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt from Charlotte Robertson at Robertson Murray Literary Agency. The Christmas Doll, the initially book in the collection, will be bought as a Xmas gift e-book. The upcoming children’s titles will follow in 2023 and 2024, which include a specific craft guide for young creators by the staff at “The Repair service Store”. The sequence will characteristic 5 books, together with photograph book and non-fiction titles. 

The Xmas Doll is based mostly on the genuine tale of a doll that was brought to “The Repair Shop”. It follows the journey of its owner, a minimal lady who is evacuated from wartime London and sent to live with a further loved ones in the countryside. Not sure of her new environment and desperately missing her dad and mom, she is anxious about the months in advance. 

“On Xmas morning, she is given a lovely doll as a gift—the most effective current she has at any time experienced,” the synopsis suggests. “Yet, standing in the restore store many decades later, with her doll now mended, she realises that the best present was the kindness bestowed upon her by her host family members. She will recall them constantly as she holds her valuable doll near.”

“’The Repair service Shop’ is deservedly a single of the nation’s favorite household demonstrates,” Johnstone-Burt explained. “Treasures, transformed by craftsmen right before your eyes, each and every explain to a relocating tale. Bringing the magic of the barn to existence in guides for children is a desire come correct and these wonderfully illustrated children’s textbooks will radiate the heat and glow of the show. They make ideal tales for young children and their people just about everywhere.”

Sparkes writes photograph publications and younger fiction for Walker, most not long ago The Tower at the Conclusion of Time, the next in The Home at the Edge of Magic middle-quality collection. Her textbooks have appeared on CBeebies “Bedtime Stories” and been shortlisted for quite a few e book awards, together with the Roald Dahl Amusing Prize and the BookTrust Finest Publications Award.

“I’m delighted to be associated in this attractive project,” she reported. “At any time due to the fact I was tiny, I have been fascinated by antiques and family members heirlooms so to get the job done together with The Restore Store is an incredible working experience.”

Hickey added: “I’m thrilled to be a component of the project, bringing the magical tales of ’The Maintenance Shop’ to existence.”

Joanna Ball, m.d. at the programme’s manufacturing company, Ricochet, claimed: “We are delighted that Walker Books will be bringing the magic of ’The Fix Shop’ to a sequence of children’s guides. We know many children love watching the programme with moms and dads and grandparents and a lot of of our most unforgettable fixes evoke childhood reminiscences. Encouraging and inspiring small children to develop into associated in making and mending is anything our experts are passionate about.”

In other places, Octopus imprint Kyle Textbooks has partnered with the Tv set present on The Fix Store Everyday living in the Barn: The Within Stories from the Professionals. It capabilities a foreword composed by the show’s presenter, Jay Blades.