Puffin signs David O'Doherty 'danger guide'
Puffin has acquired “a brilliantly funny handbook for avoiding danger of all kinds” from Irish comedian David O’Doherty.
Editor David Maybury bought world rights to Danger is Everywhere in all languages, electronic and audio, winning against “strong competition” from three other publishers.
The book was acquired from Faith O’Grady at the Lisa Richards Agency and Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW.
Illustrated by Chris Judge, Danger is Everywhere is taken from the notebooks of ultra-cautious dangerologist Docter [sic] Noel Zone. The handbook warns you what to do if a shark comes up out of the loo while you are sitting on it, how to find out if your granny is a robot and what to do if a volcano erupts underneath your house.
O’Doherty said: “There is now 88% more danger in the world than when I was a kid, when there was just the odd bit of lightning and an occasional escaped zoo animal. Chris and I, via the delusions of the world’s premier (only) dangerologist Docter Noel Zone, are delighted to get this opportunity from Puffin to terrify children with tales of awful made-up things that could happen. I mean, are you completely sure that your cat isn’t a baby dinosaur?”
Maybury said the “incredibly rare talent and humour” of O’Doherty and Judge “has resulted in the perfect survival handbook for every kid young or old.”
Puffin will publish Danger is Everywhere in early autumn 2014.