Neil Gaiman Signs Five-Book Deal With HarperCollins Children's Books

Neil Gaiman Chu's Day

Neil Gaiman never rests or fails to surprise—shifting effortlessly from the darkness of the Sandman and Death series to cutesy-wootsy picture books about a little panda with a giant sneeze (somebody's been watching YouTube viral vids). HarperCollins has announced that the prolific bestselling author has just signed for a series of five children's titles: two picture books and three novels.

Both picture books will focus on Chu the panda, who is straight-up adorable. The first, Chu's Day illustrated by Adam Rex, is available now for presale on Amazon with a release date of January 8, 2013. One of the novels will be a sequel to 2009's Odd And The Frost Giants. Another—a "middle-grade" novel called Fortunately, The Milk—features art by Skottie Young. The third novel is not yet titled but is also for middle grades.

If you're a Gaiman fan, are you excited about this news or disappointed that he's not focusing on more adult material?

Image via Adam Rex

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Kimberly Turner is an internet entrepreneur, DJ, editor, beekeeper, linguist, traveler, and writer. This either makes her exceptionally well-rounded or slightly crazy; it’s hard to say which. She spent a decade as a journalist and magazine editor in Australia and the U.S. and is now working (very, very slowly) on her first novel. She holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, two cats, ten fish, and roughly 60,000 bees.

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Gypsy-Maria Lorimer from Minnesota is reading Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett July 11, 2012 - 2:08pm

As a big fan of Gaiman's work, I'm excited to see ANYTHING new from him.  I adore his children's books and his adult works pretty much equally-- if anything, I have even more fondness for his children and young adult stories.  The Graveyard Book and Coraline are definite favorites.  

I'm actually really looking forward to picking up a copy of Chu's Day.  The artwork looks brilliant, and Gaiman's writing never disappoints.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson July 11, 2012 - 2:29pm

I love it. I am 33 and as big a fan of Interworld and The Graveyard Book as I am of the Sandman series and American Gods. Neil has the rare gift of being able to transition effortlessly between audiences and genres, and he has enough clout to write what he wants- good for him! 

As a big fan of Norse legends- I've incorporated a great deal of them into my own writing- I am also pleased to see that there will be a follow-up to Odd and the Frost Giants.

 
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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu July 11, 2012 - 2:49pm

The Graveyard Book made my eyes water. I love Gaiman. 

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 11, 2012 - 4:28pm

I don't really consider The Graveyard Book or Coraline to be "children's" literature. I haven't read Odd and the Frost Giants, so I can't comment on that... but these seem to be much more kiddy in general. I'll reserve judgment, but the news doesn't excite me. Always interesting to see what he does, regardless, but I wouldn't mind a new adult novel at some point soon.

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Limbless K9 from Oregon is reading Wraeththu July 11, 2012 - 4:43pm

From my understanding he has just finished a draft of a novel and is reading it chapter by chapter to his wife. So expect one soon, hopefully.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig July 11, 2012 - 7:59pm

I'm stoked! I'll get to share Gaiman with my daughter throughout her life!

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Tom S. May from Geelong is reading Sixty Stories by Donald Barthelme July 11, 2012 - 8:21pm

The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish is a favourite.
And it's well known Neil's working on American Gods 2, so he's keeping me happy on every front.

Neil Gaiman's never one to disappoint.

 

-Tom

 

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Pretty Spry for... from I'd prefer it if you didn't know. So would you, only you don't know it. is reading whatever he makes time for this week July 11, 2012 - 10:04pm

Do I want to see more Gaiman works that I'll actually want to read? Absolutely. Am I disappointed that these particular works don't appeal to me? Not really.

I like a man who stays busy, and Neil certainly does that. His is the kind of restless, reckless creativity a lot of authors should envy.

That said, I'm surprised pandas aren't extinct already. Stupid pandas.

I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every panda that wouldn't screw to save its species.

Also, who do these pandas think they are, anyway? Trying to be black and white. Someone should tell them that's not how the world works.

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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human July 12, 2012 - 2:38am

Pandas,hm.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. July 12, 2012 - 10:18am

As long as American Gods 2 comes out, I'm happy.  His 'children's books' are great, his comics are great (anyone read 1602?  That was a really good Neil-version of the Marvel universe - no Sandman, but still great), his novels are great, his poetry is great, his short stories are great.

I love you, Neil.

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Michael J. Riser from El Cerrito, CA (originally), now Fort Worth, TX is reading The San Veneficio Canon - Michael Cisco, The Croning - Laird Barron, By the Time We Leave Here, We'll Be Friends - J. David Osborne July 12, 2012 - 12:37pm

He's definitely awesome. I don't really care what he does... not like I don't have things to read. When he gets around to giving us stuff, I'll be waiting.

And yeah Limbless, I seem to remember him tweeting about novel work, so did figure he had an mss in the pipeline somewhere.

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Emma C from Los Angeles is reading Black Spire by Delilah Dawson July 13, 2012 - 7:25am

For those disappointed by this news:

According to his blog he is also working on the second draft of an as-yet-unnamed adult novel, and if anyone missed yesterday's CC announcement, Mr. Gaiman is expanding the "Sandman" universe: 

http://youtu.be/GndnR7oSYYk