The English Roses: Detailed Info
Madonna is poised to make book publishing history when The English Roses, the first title of the original series of five illustrated storybooks, all of which were written by her, is published in hardcover globally on September 15, 2003. It is anticipated that upon publication date, Callaway Editions and Penguin Group, in association with some of the most prestigious literary publishers in the world, will release Madonna’s book simultaneously worldwide in 42 language editions in more than 100 countries. The English Roses is a story for young readers about friendship, jealousy, sleepover parties, and fairy godmothers with stunning full-color illustrations throughout.
Each of these books will feature exquisite illustrations by internationally acclaimed artists. The identity of the illustrator of The English Roses will be revealed on the book’s publication date on September 15th. The title and publication date of the second book in the series will also be announced upon publication of the first book.
International rights have been arranged by Andrew Wylie of The Wylie Agency, New York and London, who also represented Callaway Editions in New York when the English language rights to the five books were acquired by Penguin Group in March 2003.
In the U.S., the titles will be published by Callaway Editions, the distinguished illustrated book publisher, and distributed by Penguin Group (USA). The projected first printing in the U.S. will be 400,000 copies. In all other English language markets, the books will be published by Puffin, the children’s imprint of Penguin Group (UK).
Nicholas Callaway, Editor and Publisher, Callaway Editions, Inc., comments, “The quality, beauty and timelessness of Madonna’s stories evidently have struck a chord with some of the world’s most expert children’s publishers. It’s hardly news that Madonna knows how to communicate. Now thanks to this global network of publishing partners that have joined together, we will have a new generation throughout the world that will know Madonna as an inspiring storyteller.”
To date, the list of preeminent publishers includes:
Albatros (Czech Republic), Alma Littera (Lithuania), Aschehoug (Norway), Bokadeild Foroya Laerafelags (Faroe Islands), Callaway (United States), CITIC/Liaoning Education Press (China), DestinoPlaneta Group (Spain/Latin America/Catalan), Dom Quixote (Portugal), Egmont Richters (Sweden), Mag og Mennig (Iceland), EKSMO (Russia), Feltrinelli (Italy), Forum (Denmark), Gallimard (France), Grimm (Taiwan), Hanser (Germany), Iletisim (Turkey), Izvori (Croatia), Kibea (Bulgaria), Kinneret (Israel), Magyar Konyvklub (Hungary), Nanmeebooks (Thailand), Penguin UK (United Kingdom), Psichogios (Greece), Rao (Romania), Rocco (Brazil), Scholastic Canada (French Canada), Scholastic en Espanol (Spanish language in the U.S.), Vale Novak (Slovenia), Vassallucci (Holland), WSOY (Finland) and Zysk (Poland).