Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises, producer and distributor of children’s animated content, has partnered with Julie Andrews and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton to develop a girls animated preschool TV series based on their No. 1 New York Times bestselling book series The Very Fairy Princess.
The books, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and illustrated by Christine Davenier, chronicle the adventures of Geraldine, who knows deep down that she is a very fairy princess, despite all evidence to the contrary. Since the launch of the franchise in 2010, eight titles have come out, with a ninth book, The Very Fairy Princess: A Spooky, Sparkly Halloween, due this year.
“The books are all about celebrating individuality,” Andrews said. “We hope to encourage kids to rejoice in their own unique passions and talents — even if they’re different from that of their family or friends — and Nelvana is the perfect partner to bring our beloved Very Fairy Princess to a wider audience.”
Slated to launch on air in 2016, the series will be jointly developed with Andrews and Walton Hamilton and produced at Nelvana Studio in Toronto.