4th April 2019

Piccadilly Press to publish Laura Dockrill’s Butterfly Brain

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Piccadilly Press to publish Laura Dockrill’s Butterfly Brain

Editor Jenny Jacoby acquires World rights for an extended picture book from children’s and YA author Laura Dockrill, entitled Butterfly Brain.

Bonnier Books UK editor Jenny Jacoby acquired World rights from Jodie Hodges at United Agents. Butterfly Brain was originally written as a musical piece commissioned by Wigmore Hall and will be illustrated by Gwen Millward.

“Working with my editor Jenny again is total bliss. She understands my work so fluently and is able to bring the story to life with her amazingly creative eye. This wouldn’t be possible without her vision of the book.”

Laura Dockrill, author

Laura Dockrill said: ‘Butterfly Brain is a tale about how magical our brains are. How they are a special treasure chest for our memories, thoughts and emotions. Our imagination, our dreams, our grief. How can things that make us happy also make us sad? How can things that keep us safe also make us scared? Ultimately it is a tale about grief and knowing how to keep somebody alive in the memory they leave with you. They live on within you.

Working with Gwen is an absolute privilege. She is a dream artist who completely captures the innocence and spirit of the text. She is a wonderful storyteller who isn’t afraid to scribble and scratch! Her artwork is so emotive and playful.  And working with my editor Jenny again is total bliss. She understands my work so fluently and is able to bring the story to life with her amazingly creative eye. This wouldn’t be possible without her vision of the book.’

“In the turn of a page, Laura took me from laughing out loud to wiping away tears – and that still happens on every reading.”

Jenny Jacoby, editor, Bonnier Books UK

Jenny Jacoby said:‘As soon as I read Laura’s script of Butterfly Brain that she had written as a musical commission for Wigmore Hall, I knew this would make a very special picture book. In the turn of a page, Laura took me from laughing out loud to wiping away tears – and that still happens on every reading. Gwen’s illustrations are heartfelt and a perfect pairing for the wonderfully imaginative emotional intelligence on each page.’

Butterfly Brain will be published by Piccadilly Press in September 2020.

Image by Sonny Malhotra