First book, Fairy Mom and Me, to be Published on January 2, 2018

Toronto, Canada (March 23, 2017) Puffin Canada has acquired a new chapter book series from the New York Times and global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella, as announced today by Tara Walker, VP and Publisher, and Lynne Missen, Publishing Director, Fiction, Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers. Canadian rights for the series were acquired by Walker and Missen in a copublishing deal with Random House US from agent Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management in association with Araminta Whitley and Philippa Milnes-Smith at Lucas Alexander Whitley Ltd. The first book in the series, Fairy MOM and Me, will be published on January 2, 2018, and will be simultaneously published in the U.S. and U.K.

Fairy MOM and Me tells the story of Ella and her family’s special secret … Ella’s mom is a fairy! With the help of her electric wand (dubbed Computawand) she can do amazing spells to make delicious cupcakes, create the perfect birthday party and cause chaos at the supermarket. But sometimes the spells go wrong and that’s when Ella, the fairy-in-waiting, must assist to return everything to normal. Family, friendship and magic abound in this sweet and funny debut chapter book, complete with illustrations by Marta Kissi.

“As a mother of five, I’ve always told stories to children,” Kinsella said. “I invented Fairy Mom, Ella and the Computawand for my youngest two children and now I’m thrilled that they will find a wider audience. Marta Kissi’s illustrations bring the stories to life perfectly with tremendous wit and charm. I think the publication will be a lot of fun. I can’t wait!”

“As longtime fans of Sophie Kinsella, we are thrilled to be publishing her for the chapter book audience for the first time,” Walker said. “Her YA novel FINDING AUDREY has been a big success in the Canadian market, and we know that younger readers – and their parents! – are going to love reading about the magical adventures in FAIRY MOM and ME.”

Sophie Kinsella is an international bestselling author whose books for adults have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than forty languages. They include the Shopaholic series and other titles such as My (Not So) Perfect Life and The Undomestic Goddess. She also wrote Finding Audrey for young adults. Fairy MOM and Me is her first chapter book. You can follow Sophie on Twitter @KinsellaSophie, Instagram @sophiekinsellawriter, and on Facebook at SophieKinsellaOfficial. Visit her website at SophieKinsella.co.uk.  

Marta Kissi is a London-based illustrator who was born in Warsaw. She studied BA Illustration & Animation at Kingston University and MA Communication Art & Design at the Royal College of Art. Visit her website at Kissikissi.com.

Puffin is one of the most recognized imprints in the world. With a focus on middle-grade novels, Puffin Canada publishes award-winning fiction and classics. Acclaimed authors on the Puffin imprint include Polly Horvath, Eric Walters, Jonathan Auxier, Linwood Barclay, Rachelle Delaney, Wesley King, Jean Little, Kit Pearson and the late Barbara Smucker. Puffin Canada is an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers.

Contact: Tracey Turriff  at 416-565-8483 or tturriff@penguinrandomhouse.com