HarperCollins is delighted to announce that the new picture book from David Walliams and Tony Ross will be called There’s a Snake in my School! and will publish on 6th October. This spectacularly slithery tale leads the charge of Walliams’ new publishing this autumn, with his novel for older readers following in November.


Miranda loves to be different, so on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very different pet… Penelope the snake, leading to uproarious consequences.

There’s a Snake in my School! is a laugh-out-loud story of mischief and mayhem of the kind David’s young fans have grown to love. With his trademark hilarity and warmth combined with Tony’s genius illustrations, there’s no doubt this new addition to the Walliams canon will delight and enchant his ever-increasing horde of picture book fans.

There's a Snake in my School
There’s a Snake in my School

Commenting on the new picture book, HarperCollins Children’s Books Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh said:

“Continuing an already phenomenal publishing year for David, I am thrilled to publish There’s a Snake in my School! this autumn. With this fifth collaboration David and Tony continue to build a stellar line up of picture books that make them a driving force in the picture book market. This charming and mischievous story presents their partnership at its very best. Hugely imaginative and fizzing with wit it will be a winner with their growing legion of little picture book fans and is set to be a sensational success. I’m delighted to say there is something absolutely wonderful for Walliams fans of all ages coming from David this autumn!”

David Walliams said

“It was a joy working with Tony Ross on this new picture book, which I hope will amuse my young readers at bedtime.”

Tony Ross said:

“If my lines wobble about a bit, it is because I was giggling as I drew. I hope the readers look forward to a new Walliams, as much as I do.”

David Walliams is fast becoming a worldwide phenomenon in children’s literature, with global sales of over 14.1 million and books translated into forty-nine languages.David Walliams and Tony Ross have worked together previously on four picture books, all of which have been bestselling hardback picture book No.1s. His most recent, The Bear Who went Boo! was published in November 2015 and has had total sales of over 85,000 to date. The Queen’s Orang-utan, David’s third picture book, was written exclusively for Comic Relief with David giving all of his proceeds from the book to the charity.

David’s fiction for older readers continues to take the literary world by storm. His most recent title, The World’s Worst Children, published in May 2016 and has already sold over 270,000 copies. The book spent two weeks as overall industry number one and eleven weeks at the top of the children’s bestseller chart. His ninth fiction title for older readers will publish on the 8th November 2016.