Rocket Licensing, which is managing the licensing campaign for preschool property Q Pootle 5, has announced two more licensing deals: Walker Books for global TV tie-in publishing and Blue Sky Designs for children’s stationery.
The multi-year global publishing deal will see Walker release a range of Q Pootle 5-themed books linked to the CBeebies’ TV series under the new multi-media imprint Walker Entertainment. They include paperback and hardback picture books, board books, sticker books, coloring and activity books and gift novelty books such as pop-up, lift-the-flap and pocket library editions.There will also be ranges of Q Pootle 5 eBooks and audio books. The first books are expected to arrive at retail in the autumn.
Q Pootle 5 will join UK-based Blue Sky Design’s strong portfolio of licensed stationery with the release of a range of products in autumn/winter 2014. Products will include pens, pencils, crayons, pencil cases, and pencil tubes as well as art sets, stickers, magnetic stickers, stampers, and activity, doodle and travel packs. There will also be a range of composite activity sets bringing all of these delightful products together in one place.
Walker and Blue Sky join the five UK licensees already signed by Rocket: Immediate Media (CBeebies Weekly and Toybox magazines), Egmont (standalone magazines), Jumbo (games and puzzles), VMC (accessories) and Rainbow Productions (character costumes).
Q Pootle 5 is the creation of writer and illustrator Nick Butterworth. After Q Pootle 5 and the follow-up book Q Pootle 5 in Space became pre-school publishing favorites, Butterworth’s own company, Snapper Productions, developed and produced the television series, which launched in July 2013 on CBeebies.