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‘Room on Our Rock’ sold into multiple territories

Scholastic Australia has sold US, Japanese, German, French, Brazilian and Turkish rights to the picture book Room on Our Rock (Kate & Jol Temple, illus by Terri Rose Baynton). Exploring themes of sharing and compassion, the book has a clever set-up: when read from front to back, the seals in the story believe there is no room on their rock for others; from back to front, they welcome others to shelter on their rock.

Exisle Publishing’s children’s imprint EK Books has sold Italian, world Spanish, Catalan, Brazilian and Thai (bilingual edition) rights to the picture book Grandma Forgets (Paul Russell & Nicky Johnston), about a family coping with their grandmother’s dementia.

The ALC Agency has sold simplified Chinese rights to several Australian picture books to Future Publishing. They include: Is it the Way You Giggle? (Nicola Connelly, illus by Annie White, New Frontier Publishing); Eric Finds a Way (Robert Vescia, illus by Ann-Marie Finn, Wombat Books); and Gus the Asparagus (Ann-Marie Finn, illus by Kaylene Hobson, Yellow Brick Books).

The ALC Agency also sold simplified Chinese rights to three titles in the ‘Engibear’ series—Engibear’s Dream, Engibear’s Bridge and Engilina’s Trains (all Andrew King, illus by Benjamin Johnston, Little Steps Publishing)—to Beijing Science and Technology Press. The series is aimed at children aged seven to 12 with an interest in construction and engineering.

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Category: Think Australian Junior Rights sales