HarperCollins have announced a landmark collaboration between beloved illustrators Sir Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark.

In a landmark acquisition that sees Sir Quentin Blake published on the HarperCollins Children’s Books picture book list for the first time, Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh has acquired World Rights for Three Little Monkeys – a remarkable collaboration between the iconic Quentin Blake and renowned illustrator Emma Chichester Clark. The deal was agreed with Caradoc King at AP Watt and Laura Cecil at the Laura Cecil Literary Agency.

Three Little Monkeys tells the story of Hilda Snibbs and the three mischievous monkeys who turn her life upside down. A funny, riotous, truly charming story, Three Little Monkeys will delight picture book lovers, young and old. Emma Chichester Clark’s artwork brings to life the monkey’s chaotic trail of destruction, with colourful, glorious aplomb – and with an exquisite tenderness for the book’s impish but loveable heroes.

Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark have been friends for many years and have enjoyed a strong, creative relationship since Quentin was Emma’s tutor at the Royal College of Art. Three Little Monkeys is their first book together and when Quentin wrote the text he knew that Emma was the only person to illustrate.

“Together [Quentin Blake and Emma Chichester Clark] have created the most extraordinary picture book which is a testament to the sheer magic of words and pictures on the page.”

HarperCollins will publish this stunning picture book in a lavish hardback edition in October 2016, supported by a major Marketing and PR campaign.

Ann-Janine Murtagh said, “We are incredibly proud and honoured to be publishing this exquisite creative collaboration on the HCCB picture book list. Quentin Blake is the Godfather of British illustration and Emma is one of our brightest stars. Together they have created the most extraordinary picture book which is a testament to the sheer magic of words and pictures on the page. Emma’s artwork is breath-taking in this book – it is the perfect partner to the deliciously mischievous text – and creates a book that will appeal to both adults and children. Its publication this autumn will be a defining moment for the HC list and a signal of our passionate commitment to picture books.”

About the Authors

Sir Quentin Blake CBE is one of the most iconic illustrators of our time, whose warm, spontaneous and witty style is both instantly recognisable and utterly inimitable. As well as an illustrator and artist, Quentin spent over 20 years of his life to teaching at the Royal College of Art – where he taught Emma Chichester Clark.

Emma Chichester Clark studied at the Royal College of Art and worked for several years for magazines and advertising agencies. Emma now dedicates most of her time to children’s books. She is the creator of much-loved characters, Lily and Blue Kangaroo, and Melrose and Croc, and has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed authors working today. She lives in London, along with her dog Plum who appears in his own illustrated blog at http://emmachichesterclark.blogspot.co.uk/, and in two books, Plumdog and Love is my Favourite Thing.