Little, Brown Books For Young Readers Named Publisher For Dreamworks Animation’s Television Series Dinotrux
New York, NY — Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, a division of Hachette Book Group, will begin publishing children’s books in conjunction with DreamWorks Animation’s award-winning television series Dinotrux in April 2016, it was announced today by Andrew Smith, the division’s Senior Vice President and Deputy Publisher. The license for television show tie-in titles includes reader, storybook, and board book formats with rights in the US and Canada. Kara Sargent, Executive Editorial Director, Brand, Licensed, Media Tie-in Publishing, will oversee the editorial direction of the publishing program. The DreamWorks Animation series is distributed by Netflix and is based on Chris Gall’s award-winning picture book series, which is also published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
DreamWorks Animation’s Dinotrux launched in August 2015 with ten episodes available exclusively on Netflix. The action-packed series takes viewers to a prehistoric world ruled by giant creatures that are half dinosaur and half construction vehicle, including a massive Tyrannosaurus Trux and his best friend, Revvit, a razor-sharp Reptool. The Dinotrux and Reptools join forces for the first time ever to build a bigger and better world while battling the evil D-Structs.
“We’re thrilled to collaborate with DreamWorks Animation to bring young fans a wide array of books tied to the highly imaginative world of Dinotrux,” said Smith. “We’re very much looking forward to continuing the action-packed storytelling that began with the publication of Chris Gall’s critically acclaimed picture book Dinotrux back in 2009.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ exciting series start for the licensed Dinotrux line begins with the release of five books on April 5, 2016: a hardcover storybook, a 6 x 9 Level One reader, two 8 x 8 storybooks, and a shaped board book. The program will grow to include more board book and storybook formats, as well as sticker books and leveled readers.
“Kids and their families have fallen in love with the first season of Dinotrux,” said Harriet Murphy, Head of Publishing at DreamWorks Animation. “As we gear up for the second season, we’re pleased to extend the Dinotrux world off-screen to licensed books in collaboration with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.”
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers’ Dinotrux publishing program launches on April 5, 2016 with these five titles:
DINOTRUX: TEAM DINOTRUX!
Ages 4–8 years
Welcome to the Mechazoic Era, home to the Dinotrux! Ty faces danger at every turn in this action-packed storybook—first from an erupting volcano, and then from D-Structs, the giant T-Trux who is definitely not friendly! While Ty doesn’t stand a chance against D-Structs on his own, he realizes that he can stand up to him with some help from his new Dinotrux friends. It’s a great day for teamwork in this fun and exciting storybook that will be a must-have for fans of the brand!
DINOTRUX: TO THE RESCUE!
6 x 9 Reader: $3.99
Ages 4–8 years
Meet Ty, Revvit, Ton-Ton, Ace, D-Structs, and all the awesome characters from the fantastic and action-packed world of Dinotrux! With text that’s perfect for an emerging reader, kids will love reading all about their new favorite friends in this Level One reader.
DINOTRUX: IT TAKES TEAMWORK!
8 x 8 Storybook: $4.99
Ages 4–8 years
The Dinotrux build a garage to keep their Reptool friends safe. It’s a huge construction project with a very important mission—but can the Dinotrux put their differences aside and work together to build the best garage? This 8 x 8 storybook is based on an episode and includes character trading cards that kids can share with their friends!
DINOTRUX: DARE TO REPAIR!
8 x 8 Storybook: $3.99
Ages 4–8 years
A vibrant 8 x 8 storybook adapted from the Dinotrux episode “Scrapadactyls.” In the episode, the Dinotrux are in need of repairs and Revvit can’t do it all by himself. Luckily, Click-Clack, Ace, and Waldo agree to help, and things are going great for the Dinotrux and the Reptools. But all that changes when a trio of Scrapadactyls kidnap the Reptools. It’s up to the Dinotrux to save their new friends.
DINOTRUX: JUST HATCHED!
Board Book: $6.99
Ages 0–3 years
The Dinotrux find a nest filled with eggs that soon begin to hatch. But what exactly is hatching, and where is the mommy? This sweet and adorable story is loosely based on an episode and is an eggs-ellent addition to Easter baskets.
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