Tiger Aspect Kids and Family, part of Banijay Kids and Family, has secured a development deal for bestselling picture book series What the Ladybird Heard. The books are created by award-winning partnership Julia Donaldson (author) and Lydia Monks (illustrator). The deal covers the option to create a pre-school animated series and is the first animated series development for Julia & Lydia. Julia and Lydia are regular collaborators and their books have sold over 10 million copies.
What the Ladybird Heard is published in the UK by Macmillan Children’s Books and is the first of four titles. The series has sold over 4 million copies and has been translated into 24 languages worldwide. The latest book, What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside was released in paperback in 2021 and spent 3 weeks at the top of the Pre-school and Picture Book Nielsen bestseller charts.
What the Ladybird Heard is a much-loved modern classic that has been a part of kids and parents lives since it was first published in 2009. The fantastically funny stories feature a clever ladybird who said never a word, but the ladybird saw, and the ladybird heard. With her animal friends on the farm, the Ladybird always manages to out-fox the crafty duo, Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len and their cunning plans.