Kitty is Not a Cat inks Hachette Australia deal

The four-book deal will draw on artwork and storylines from the animated show, publishing in late 2020

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 10.09.2019 | Entertainment

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BES Animation Studio has inked a series book deal with Hachette Australia based on its kids' animated series Kitty is Not a Cat.

Hachette Australia has acquired the world rights to a four-book deal which will be published under its junior fiction category next year.

The first two books will be published in September 2020 followed by a second pair in November 2020. All four will use artwork and will be based on storylines from the animated show.

The books will initially launch in Australia and New Zealand and Hachette’s rights team will promote the series at the Frankfurt Book Fair next month.

“We are thrilled to be working with the talented team at BES Animation,” says Kate Stevens, Commissioning Editor Hachette Australia. “Kitty is Not a Cat is a warm and funny series, featuring a fierce and curious protagonist who is learning what it means to be human from a group of kind-hearted and musically inclined cats. With clever, heartwarming storylines and gorgeous artwork, the Kitty is Not a Cat chapter books will be enjoyed by children and parents alike for years to come.”  

Bruce Kane, Founder and Director BES Animation Studio adds: “Hachette Australia has a deep understanding and expertise of the kids market and a desire to deliver quality stories to children throughout the world. We are delighted to be working with Hachette Australia and the team, transforming Kitty is Not a Cat from the screen into the magical world of books and look forward to giving fans a new way to interact with the show and its characters.”

First broadcast in 2018, Kitty is Not a Cat is aimed at six to 10-year-olds and follows the story of a group of stray cats living in dilapidated mansion who find themselves looking after a little girl called Kitty. The show has been sold into 85 countries and translated into more than 25 languages around the world. A second series of the show is currently in production and set for broadcast in early 2020.


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