Rights to Justin Davies’ debut snapped up!

Monsters, disappearances and unexpected adventures: Justin Davies’ imaginative debut Help! I Smell A Monster has been snapped up by Hachette Chidren’s Group in a two-book deal. World rights to the two middle-grade titles were acquired by senior commissioning editor Sarah Leonard from Thérèse Coen.

Help! I Smell a Monster is set to be published on Orchard Books list on 30th May. The book follows a Alice, a girl sent to stay with her Uncle Magnus.  She soon realises her uncle’s job isn’t normal, because he helps monsters find work that makes the most of their unique talents. When Cyclops the pastry chef disappears Alice and Magnus set out to find the missing monster before its too late.

The second book, Woah! I Spy a Werewolf, will follow in January 2020. Both books will be illustrated by Kim Geyer.

Anne Marie Ryan, commissioning editor, said: “We are so excited to be publishing Help! I Smell a Monster! Justin is a high flyer in more than one way! His debut is laugh-out-loud funny with a whiff of danger – a frightfully good combination, with Kim Geyer’s brilliant illustrations bringing the monster world to life.”

Like Superman, Justin Davies leads a double life*: In one, he flies around the world as cabin crew. In the other, he writes middle grade fiction with the aim to make kids laugh. Sometimes the two lives converge; then it gets entertaining. Justin lives with his husband in the shadow of the Forth Bridge in Fife. He is an active member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and is a feature writer for their online magazine, Words & Pictures.

See The Bookseller article here.