The production arm of publisher Random House has optioned a book by award-winning children’s author and illustrator Louise Yates.
Random House Children’s Screen Entertainment (RHCSE), a joint venture between Random House Children’s Books and Komixx Entertainment, will develop and produce a series based on the 2010 work Dog Loves Books.
The novel, about a dog who embarks on adventures through his love of storybooks, won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and was nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal, as well as being sold into six territories.
The sequel Dog Loves Drawing was released in the UK in February 2012 and selected by The Sunday Times as children’s book of the week. A further book, Dog Loves Counting, will be published next year.
Andrew Cole-Bulgin, partner and head of film and TV at RHCSE, said: “It’s a wonderful platform that will take children into the exciting world of their own imagination.”
The development will comprise audience research to establish which medium was best suited to the book, but Cole-Bulgin said the episodic nature of the storyline naturally fitted TV.
RHCSE was set up two years ago and has since developed several books into film and TV shows, including Fish Head Steve for CBBC and Toby’s Travelling Circus, which is currently being filmed in Manchester for Channel 5 strand Milkshake.
This story was originally published by Broadcast.