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This is the book deal that almost wasn’t. Was the stinkbird too stinky? Who knows? But where there’s a Jill, there’s a way . . . or a Susan Kochan. Both books are just fabulous and illustrated by an equally fabulous guy, Bob Shea. This two-book deal is a pleasure to announce. I promise that if you don’t think animals have superpowers, you will after reading these books. I promise!

Susan Kochan at Putnam has acquired world rights to Stinkbird Has a Superpower and Parrotfish Has a Superpower by Jill Esbaum (l.), illustrated by Bob Shea. Both books introduce readers to unusual animals who have very unexpected and entertaining superpowers that help them survive. Publication is slated for summer 2023 and spring 2024; Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency represented the author, and Steven Malk at Writers House represented the illustrator. 

Congratulations, Jill!