Graffeg to republish popular Fletcher picture book series

Fletcher the Fox series

Graffeg is to republish the popular Fletcher picture book series by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke, previously published in the UK as Ferdie the Fox by Gullane Children’s Books. World rights, excluding North America, have been secured from The Catchpole Agency.

Combining emotive, lyrical storytelling with an engagement with nature, the adventures of Fletcher coincide with the characteristics of the four seasons, inspired directly by author Julia Rawlinson’s experiences with her own children and their inquisitiveness about the natural world. The books have been widely used in educational settings, such as schools, libraries, parks and museums, as a springboard for exploring language, illustration, storytelling, friendship and nature, as well as on nature walks and story walks. Illustrations by Tiphanie Beeke are wonderfully engaging and saturated with the colours of each season.

Julia Rawlinson says: ‘The character of Fletcher is very dear to my heart – he owes a lot to my childhood self, with a sprinkling of my own children. He’s wonderful to write for, big-hearted but easily confused, bubbling with curiosity and empathy as he explores the natural world through the seasons. I couldn’t be happier that Graffeg are bringing his stories back into print in the UK so children can continue to share his adventures – and hopefully be inspired to head into the woods for adventures of their own.’

The series has been animated for DVD by Scholastic and Weston Woods in the US and is available on Amazon Prime and YouTube Movies as well as on CDs and audiobooks. The stories have also been read as Cbeebies Bedtime Stories by Annette Crosbie, Kimberley Walsh, Holly Willoughby, Floella Benjamin and Frances Barber, and have inspired new plays, art exhibitions, story trails and puppet shows based on the books.

Fletcher and the Springtime Blossom and Fletcher and the Summer Show are publishing in April 2020
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves and Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas are publishing in October 2020