Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A New Winnie the Pooh Book for 2009

The London Times just reported that the estate of Winnie the Pooh author, A. A. Milne, has agreed that a sequel be written. A. A. Milne wrote only two books about his son, Christopher Robin, and his favorite teddy bear: Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928). The third in the series is to be called Return to the Hundred Acre Wood and will be released in October 2009.

Pooh trustee Michael Brown believes that author David Benedictus and artist Mark Burgess have "captured the spirit and quality of those original books." He also stated that: "We hope that the many millions of Pooh enthusiasts and readers around the world will embrace and cherish these new stories as if they had just emerged from the pen of A. A. Milne himself."

A.P. Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Books will be the publisher and offer an initial print run of over 100,000 books. Its expected publication date in early October will probably make it a Christmas bestseller. Don Weisberg, president of Penguin Young Readers Group said that he expects the title to be a "huge seller for a long, long time."

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