Marking the 90th anniversary of the first publication of Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926, UK-based Egmont Publishing has revealed that in October 2016 it is publishing The Best Bear in All the World, an official sequel to the original and its subsequent title The House at Pooh Corner.
In homage to the iconic honey-loving bear created by A.A. Milne and E.H Shepard, the sequel will be a four-story anthology written by Paul Bright, Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders and Brian Sibley with illustrations from Mark Burgess (Return to the Hundred Acre Wood).
Bright, an author of children’s picture books and poetry, has won numerous awards for his writing, including the Blue Peter Book Award for his second book, Quiet! Simon & Schuster published his most recent title Sam’s Super Stinky Socks in 2014.
Willis wrote her first book at the age of five and has gone on to pen more than 300 titles including Tadpole’s Promise and Dr Xargle’s Book of Earthlets.
Author and journalist Saunders has written many acclaimed children’s books including Beswitched, The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop and Five Children on the Western Front, while Sibley is the author of Egmont’s Three Cheers for Pooh.
He also edited The Pooh Sketchbook and The Pooh Book of Quotations and has written about and lectured on the work of A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.