If any company emphasizes the art of storytelling its Moonbot Studios, the animation, publishing and interactive studio behind the Oscar-winning short and accompanying app The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Perhaps that’s why the studio has now launched a line of books, called Moonbot Books, with Simon & Schuster.
Established with Simon & Schuster’s Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Moonbot Books will publish at least one or two books per season, with the first title, The Mischievians, set to hit shelves this fall. The Mischievians is a picture book that catalogs the ancient race of mischievous beings that are responsible for life’s unsolvable irritations, like belly button lint, lost car keys and the missing remote control. A picture book based on The Numberlys app (pictured) is also in the works.
Titles under Moonbot Books will be edited by editorial director Caitlyn Dlouhy and illustrated by company co-founder and renowned writer William Joyce as well as other Moonbot artists. And, naturally, Moonbot Studios will also be looking to develop the properties across several platforms, as all of the books will have online or in-theater potential.