It's hard not to love Aaron Blabey's vast library of children's books. From Pig the Pug to Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas, his works are a treasure trove for young imaginations - and soon kids will get to see one of their favourites, Thelma the Unicorn, brought to life on the small screen.
Yep, that's right. Netflix has bought the rights to adapt the popular children's book, with plans to turn it into an animated musical.
The adaptation will be directed by Jared and Jerusha Hess, the husband-and-wife duo behind Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre, with Blabey signing on as co-executive producer (to make sure they don't butcher his masterpiece!).
From strength to strength
This is the second screen adaptation of one of Blabey's books, with DreamWorks Animation currently finishing off a production based on his series, Bad Guys. Safe to say, his career truly is moving from strength to strength.
Indeed, many authors would covet the career that Blabey has forged for himself, but he's quick to remind people that it hasn't always been easy times and Netflix deals.
"I was plugging away writing children's books for years with zero evidence that I'd ever make a dime," Aaron told The Sydney Morning Herald. "But I just kept at it, working in advertising and other jobs. Then, very, very suddenly, it surpassed my wildest dreams. My wildest dreams were just to make a living and support my family."
Flash foward 10 years and Aaron now has approximately 13 million books in print circulation around the world, a Dreamworks animation about to roll out, and a Netflix show on the horizon.
Exciting times for Aaron, and exciting times for families around the world! Bring on Thelma the Netflix Unicorn!
Note: the Netflix release date is still unknown.
Feeling excited? Listen to Thelma the Unicorn now to celebrate!
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