A Donegal toy-maker has signed a lucrative deal with one of the world’s biggest publishing houses.
Penguin Random House Children’s Books have teamed up with Arklu, the Letterkenny-based doll company behind the Lottie Doll company.
The deal has seen the collaboration produce the first two books based on the award-winning Lottie Dolls: the Stargazer Dress-up Sticker Book, and the first fiction title, Lottie Solves a Mystery by Lucie Braveheart.
Dress Lottie up for adventures and fill the sky with planets and stars in the Stargazer Dress-up Sticker Book! This space themed sticker dolly dressing book helps boys and girls engage with science like never before, and introduces STEM in an imaginative and engaging way.
With 16 pages of stickers and astronomy facts on every page, this sticker book will inspire little stargazers everywhere to dream big and reach for the stars.
Lottie Solves a Mystery is the first title in the Lottie Dolls fiction series.
When Lottie finds an old book called Beasts of the World in her attic, she can tell it’s going to be the start of a brilliant adventure. Lottie and her friends Mia and Finn set themselves the task of tracking down the Beast of Branksea, but can the trio find it before Mia’s older brother Sammi ruins the whole adventure?
The short chapters, large text, and lots of line-art illustrations make this engaging, outdoorsy story a perfect read for young adventurers.
Lottie, Finn and Friends are inspired by real kids.
Arklu, the branchild of Ballybofey man Ian Harkin, believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and aim to reflect that in their collection.
Lottie Dolls are childlike dolls, aiming to empower young minds through play.
The dolls are ethnically diverse, age-appropriate, and are based on the scientific proportions of a nine-year-old child. They both look and act how a real child would.
When launching the Lottie brand, Arklu’s vision was to create a range of dolls that would empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative, adventurous and most of all – to have fun. Lottie allows kids to be kids and enjoy their childhood in all its facets.
Since Lottie’s launch in August 2012, the dolls and accessories are now on sale in over 30 countries, and have won over 35 international toy awards.Tags: