Title Revealed and Publication Date Brought forward for next Children’s Novel
Press release: for immediate release
London, 27th July 2012
HarperCollins are thrilled to confirm the much anticipated new children’s novel from David Walliams will be called, Ratburger. In further news, due to unprecedented consumer demand the books will now be published at the earlier date of Wednesday 19th September. Publication will be celebrated with a bonanza week of innovative promotion and events dubbed ‘Walliams Week’.
Ratburger, David’s fifth book for children, is pure Walliams genius. In this fabulously flamboyant tale, David introduces us to uber-villain, Burt, who will undoubtedly go down in children’s books history as the character all children love to hate.
The new story tells the tale of little lonely Zoe and her ice- cream loving Dad. Zoe must rescue her newly adopted rat, Armitage, from the clutches of Burt but will she be successful?
This wildly exciting adventure is packed full of zest, jeopardy and classic Walliams wit. Once again, David’s characters will be brought to life with jacket and line illustrations by world renowned illustrator, Tony Ross.
Talking about the new book, David said “I can’t wait for my young fans to get their hands on ‘Ratburger’. It is my scariest and funniest book yet.”
Multi talented David Walliams is the fastest growing children’s author in the UK market*, selling an average of 20,000** books each week. His ever growing army of loyal fans, the sacks of fanmail and countless five star reviews are testament to David’s ongoing commitment to creating the very best in literary entertainment for children. Cumulatively, across four titles, David’s books have sold over a million copies** in the UK alone. His last book, Gangsta Granny, went straight to number 1 in the children’s book charts and globally his books have been translated into no fewer than 25 languages.
*Top children’s author volume percentage growth 2011 vs 2010 – Bookscan 2012 year to date
For more information on Ratburger contact:
Geraldine Stroud, Public Relations Director, HarperCollins Children’s Books:
T. 020 8307 4541
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