Press release from Breakthrough Entertainment:
TORONTO – Breakthrough Entertainment  has optioned Wandering Wenda & Friends, the critically-acclaimed children’s book series written by celebrated children’s author Margaret Atwood, for development as an animated series for preschool viewers, it was announced by Joan Lambur, Executive Producer Animation, Live Action, Family and Children’s Programming for Breakthrough Entertainment.
Breakthrough optioned the storybook series from Toronto-based publisher McArthur & Company.
Margaret Atwood is the award-winning author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. She is an internationally bestselling author whose novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the Booker Prize; and Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood are the first two novels in a planned science fiction trilogy. She lives in Toronto.
“Margaret Atwood is celebrated worldwide for her extensive portfolio of award-winning children’s literary works. We look forward to developing Margaret Atwood’s extraordinary children’s books into an exciting preschool television series. Breakthrough Entertainment is proud to have forged our production association with a true Canadian children’s entertainment icon,” said Lambur.
Toronto-based McArthur & Company, founded in 1998, is a Canadian owned and operated book publishing company based in Toronto. McArthur & Co publishes the finest in Canadian and international fiction and non-fiction for adults and children across Canada and around the world.
In addition to Margaret Atwood, McArthur & Company’s bestselling international authors include famed artist-author-illustrator Marc Tetro, noted novelists Bryce Courtenay and Marc Levy, mystery and comic book (Hellblazer) writer Denise Mina, novelist and essayist Nancy Huston and author-poet-anthologist Barry Callaghan.