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Michael Morpurgo

Egmont Publishing is delighted to announce a new picture book from renowned children’s author Michael Morpurgo and bestselling illustrator Jim Field.

Grandpa Christmas is a hopeful and timely story about a grandfather’s heartfelt wish for his granddaughter to live in a better world. The story shares a powerful environmental message about the importance of caring for our planet. Grandpa Christmas will publish on Thursday 04 October 2018.

Every Christmas, Mia and her family read a letter written by her Grandpa. It is a touching wish for Mia, and all of us, to continue to protect and look after our precious world. Morpurgo’s inspiring message is paired with Jim Field’s emotive illustrations, creating a gorgeous Christmas picture book for the whole family to share.

Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director for Picture Book and Gift at Egmont, said ‘Publishing super duo Michael Morpurgo and Jim Field have joined forces to give you the best Christmas present for 2018: a beautiful story about a grandfather’s wish for the world to be a better place for his granddaughter. It’s moving, heart-warming and will inspire people to protect our world for generations to come.’

Field added ‘When I read this manuscript for the first time, it triggered a number of emotions; the very fond memories I have of my Grandfather, the warmth of family together at Christmas but also anger at humanity’s neglect of the environment. We are living at a time when change is drastically needed to protect our world from further decline.

At its core this book has a very positive message, it’s certainly the wish I have for my daughter, and I’d hope all parents, to make a better world for our children to flourish and grow up in.’

Creatively for me it’s a different direction and, as an artist, that keeps it exciting and challenging. It is also an absolute honour for me to illustrate a book written by Sir Michael Morpurgo, I’m still pinching myself now.’

Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director for Picture Book and Gift, signed a deal for world language rights with Veronique Baxter at David Higham. Rebecca Essilifie, Art Director, signed the illustration deal with Jodie Hodges at United Agents.

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael MorpurgoMichael Morpurgo is one of the most successful children’s authors in the country, loved by children, teachers and parents alike. A past Children’s Laureate, he is a tireless champion for children’s books. He has written more than forty books for children, including the global hit War Horse, which was made into a Hollywood film by Steven Spielberg in 2011.

He has won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children’s Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times. He received an OBE in December 2006 for his services to literature and was awarded a knighthood for services to literature and charity in 2018.

About Jim Field

Jim Field is an illustrator, character designer and animation director. From music videos and title sequences to illustration and picture books, Jim has worked on a variety of projects. He is the bestselling illustrator of the Oi Frog! series and his first picture book, CATS AHOY! written by Peter Bently, won the Booktrust Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011. He has since illustrated children’s books with Kes Gray, Michelle Robinson, Rachel Bright, Michael Broad, Jeanne Willis, Steve Cole and comedian David Baddiel. Jim now lives in Paris with his wife, daughter and a small grumpy cat.

Grandpa Christmas will publish in hardback on 04 October 2018 for ages 5+.