Show Creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock collaborate with bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski on middle grade fantasy authored by Kimmy Schmidt
New York, NY — February 19, 2019
Megan Tingley, Executive Vice President and Publisher, and Farrin Jacobs, Vice President, Editorial Director, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, announce the acquisition of The Legends of Greemulax by Kimmy Schmidt with Sarah Mlynowski, set to publish on April 2, 2019. With the publication of The Legends of Greemulax, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers makes available the original middle grade fantasy adventure novel featured in Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. In the hit show, the title character garners fame for penning The Legends of Greemulax, which helps young boys understand sexism. April is Child Abuse Prevention month, and in recognition of this book’s release, NBCUniversal will be making a donation in support of Prevent Child Abuse America. The Legends of Greemulax will simultaneously release in hardcover and ebook.
“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt offers a unique brand of humor to viewers while also dealing with tough topics sensitively, and we’re thrilled to give fans another avenue to immerse themselves in Kimmy’s world with The Legends of Greemulax,” said Jacobs. “In her completely delightful debut novel, Kimmy tackles pertinent gender stereotyping concerns for kids with enough adventure, comedy, and heart to make the lesson go down easy for readers of all ages. We couldn’t be more pleased to welcome her to the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers author list.”
“To paraphrase a great commercial, ‘I can’t believe I wrote-uh da whole thing!’” said Schmidt. “I really hope my book reminds everyone that the world is still good, like when your mystery lollipop flavor is raspberry, even though it sometimes feels disappointing and scary, like when your mystery lollipop flavor is banana.”
In the world of Greemulax, legend has it that a dragon attack killed the tight-knit community’s girls and women. The men, ruled by Grabagorn Prime, have lived in mourning and anger ever since. But when main character Penn accidentally catches a girl named Kristy in his dragon trap, he starts to question everything he thought was true. Together, Penn and Kristy set off on an adventure that will take them to a tugboat in a tree and through a treacherous lake of pudding toward a candy forest guarded by dragons that might hold the answers they seek. All the while, Penn dreads the day that he will become a Grabagorn, a powerful hairy blue monster, as all boys in Greemulax do. As Penn transforms, Kristy seems to fade away into nothing. The duo must reach their destination and rewrite the rules of Greemulax before it’s too late.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kimberly Cougar Schmidt was born on a roller coaster during a tornado alert. She was the top-rated babysitter in Durnsville, Indiana, from 1997 until March 1998, when some stuff happened. In 2015 she appeared on the Today show! Kimmy got her GED and went on to not graduate with a degree in philosophy from Columbia University (not to be confused with Columbia House, which is big enough to bring you all the best in entertainment). When not enjoying candy for dinner, Kimmy can be found smiling and going outside. She is also working on engineering a device that would make it possible for humans to high-five squirrels. She lives in New York City with her friends and her pet horse, Horse-o the Giant Dog. This is her first book! She is not garbage.
Sarah Mlynowski is the New York Times-bestselling author of over thirty-five novels, including the Whatever After series, the Magic in Manhattan series, I See London, I See France, and the Upside-Down Magic series, which she cowrites. Originally from Montreal, Sarah now lives in New York City with her family. Find Sarah everywhere @sarahmlynowski.
ABOUT UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT
When Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt began, Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) had just been rescued after being held in a bunker for fifteen years. Now, four seasons later, her resilient spirit and unwavering optimism have helped her build a life for herself in New York. But it turns out that being an adult is about more than just putting the past behind her. Created and executive produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has earned 18 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including Outstanding Comedy Series for each of its seasons. In addition to Fey and Carlock, Jeff Richmond, Sam Means, Meredith Scardino, and David Miner also serve as executive producers. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a production of Universal Television, Little Stranger, Inc., Bevel Gears, and 3 Arts Entertainment for Netflix.
ABOUT LITTLE, BROWN BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is a division of Hachette Book Group, a leading trade publisher based in New York and a division of Hachette Livre (a Lagardère company), the third-largest trade and educational publisher in the world. HBG is made up of eight publishing groups: Little, Brown and Company; Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Grand Central Publishing; Perseus Books; Orbit; Hachette Nashville; and Hachette Audio. For more information, visit hbgusa.com.