90 years after he first appeared in A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh Bear will be back in a new anthology of four stories. The new volume will be done entirely in the style of the original Milne books, and it will be released next year to celebrate Pooh’s 90th anniversary. Are you ready to go back to the Hundred Acre Wood?
The new Pooh project was originally announced back in April, but few details were available until a recent announcement from Egmont Publishing. The new book will be called The Best Bear in All the World, and it will feature the work of four different writers: Paul Bright, Jeanne Willis, Kate Saunders, and Brian Sibley.
Bright is the author of Crunch Munch Dinosaur Lunch, among other books. Willis is best known for The Bog Baby, and Saunders is an award-winning author and journalist whose past work includes Five Children on the Western Front. Sibley is the author most familiar with the Pooh source material – he wrote Three Cheers for Pooh and gives lectures on Milne’s original work.
Also on board is illustrator Mark Burgess, who will emulate the style of original illustrator E.H. Shepard. Burgess also illustrated the first authorized sequel to Milne’s books, Return to the Hundred Acre Wood, in 2009.
There’s plenty of talent on board for the project, but you’ll have to wait a while before you can see the results. The Best Bear in All the World will be released in October 2016.
Main image: E.H. Shepard