Hot (potato) on the heels of the chart-storming Thank You, Baked Potato, Egmont Books is thrilled to announce a deal for four more books with multi-award-winning comedian, actor and The Great British Bake Off star Matt Lucas. Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director at Egmont, secured World rights with Amanda Harris, Director of Publishing at YMU.
The first publication, My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of Jokes, publishes on 1st October. Lucas’ very first joke book is packed with hilarious jokes to outsmart friends and family including the best knock, knock jokes, classic one-liners and ‘shaggy dog’ stories that will have little ones barking with laughter – as well as a Hall of Fame of the very worst jokes ever. Jokes from fans also feature in the book which marks the start of a new author-illustrator partnership with Sarah Horne, illustrator of the best-selling Charlie Changes into a Chicken.
Matt Lucas said: “I’ve loved working with Egmont Books on Thank you, Baked Potato. I’m delighted to be publishing four more titles with Egmont Books, including a very very very very very very very silly book of jokes!”
Melissa Fairley, Publishing Director, said: “It’s lovely to be working with Matt again – he’s such an exciting new voice in children’s publishing. Kids are going to love his new joke book series!”
About the Author
Matt Lucas is an actor, writer and comedian, first coming to prominence in Shooting Stars with Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Together with David Walliams, he reaped massive success with the smash-hit series Little Britain. The three BBC series and two Christmas specials won nearly every award for which they were nominated, including three BAFTAs. Little Britain Live was one of the world’s largest comedy tours ever, and ran for over two years in the UK and Australia. This was followed by Little Britain USA for HBO in the US and BBC1 in the UK, and Come Fly With Me for BBC1, which was the most viewed TV comedy that year.
Matt also completed two series of The Matt Lucas Awards for BBC1, and Pompidou for BBC2. He went on to play Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum in both Disney Alice in Wonderland films, as well as Gil in the hugely acclaimed Bridesmaids, and appeared in the beloved family adaptation of Paddington. His latest film roles include the sci-fi comedy How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Netflix comedy biopic A Futile and Stupid Gesture, Jonas Åkerlund’s 2019 thriller Polar, and as a notable voice in the Golden Globe-winning animated film Missing Link. He has also appeared in a number of US comedy series, including Community, Portlandia and Fresh Off the Boat.
Back in the UK, Matt recently starred as series regular Nardole in series ten of Doctor Who, and fulfilled a lifetime ambition to appear in Les Miserables, playing Thenardier in the 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 Arena, the All-Star Staged Concert at the Gielgud Theatre, and for a run in the main West End cast. His memoir, Little Me, was published by Canongate in 2017, and he starred as the lead in the revived version of the classic British musical Me and My Girl at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 2018. Matt is also a much loved stand-in for Paul O’Grady and Zoe Ball on BBC Radio 2, presenting their shows on numerous occasions throughout 2019.
About the Illustrator
Sarah Horne is the illustrator of My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of Jokes and the bestselling Charlie Changes into a Chicken, which was named Children’s Book of the Year in both the Guardian and Telegraph, as well as being shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and longlisted for the Brandford Boase and Blue Peter Book awards. She has over fifteen years’ experience as an illustrator, working on fiction, non-fiction and picture books, as well as for newspapers including the Guardian and Independent on Sunday.
My Very Very Very Very Very Very Very Silly Book of Jokes publishes 1st October 2020, £6.99, age 7+