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Date: 09/27/2004
Author: Amy Burton
Subject: HarperCollins Children's Books Signs Deal with Comedy Legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner for Picture Book Titled The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School

HarperCollins Children's Books Signs Deal with Comedy Legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner for Picture Book Titled The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School

NEW YORK Sept. 27, 2004

HarperCollins Children's Books announced today that it has acquired world rights to publish The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School by award-winning comedians, actors, writers and directors Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. The deal was negotiated by Kate Morgan Jackson, HarperCollins Children's Books Editor-in-Chief, and Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc., who is producing the books in collaboration with HarperCollins. The book is scheduled for publication in Spring 2005.

The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School stars Brooks' and Reiner's classic character, the 2000 Year Old Man, created while working on Sid Caesar's "Your Show of Shows" with Reiner as an interviewer and Brooks an old-timer born in 40 B.C. In this hilarious picture book version pitched for young school children, the 2000 Year Old Man comes to a classroom for an unforgettable show-and-tell exhibit. Through a question and answer session with the children in the class, the 2000 Year Old Man shares his worldly wisdom on everything from what school lunches were like in the Stone Age (terrible--you had to catch your food before you could eat it!), to how he did his homework (he had to literally build a home!), to how he got around (Fear! When a sabre tooth tiger was after him it made him move very quickly!).

"We are thrilled to be publishing two of the greatest comic geniuses and have the opportunity to introduce children to this world renowned character," said Jackson.

The 2000 Year Old Man Goes to School will be illustrated by New York Times bestselling artist James Bennett, who illustrated Reiner's recent bestseller Tell Me a Scary Story (Little, Brown), and will include a CD of Brooks and Reiner's classic characters.

HarperCollins Children's Books is one of the leading publishers of children's books. Respected worldwide for its tradition of publishing quality, award-winning books for young readers, HarperCollins is home to many children's classics--Charlotte's Web, The Chronicles of Narnia, Goodnight Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends and Where the Wild Things Are; popular series--A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Princess Diaries; as well as bestselling authors and illustrators such as Felicia Bond, Kevin Henkes, Jamie Lee Curtis, Laura Numeroff, Maurice Sendak and Shel Silverstein. HarperCollins Children's Books is a division of HarperCollins Publishers, one of the leading English language publishers in the world and a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NCP, NCPDP). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Australasia. Its publishing groups include the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children's Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. You can visit HarperCollins Children's Books on the Internet at http://www.harperchildrens.com.

Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Inc. previously collaborated with HarperCollins on the New York Times bestselling I Already Know I Love You by Billy Crystal as well as the critically acclaimed children's books Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton and Winners Never Quit by Mia Hamm, which released September 2004.

CONTACT: HarperCollins Children's Books Amy Burton, 212-261-6796 917-502-4267 (c) amy.burton@harpercollins.com


September 28, 2004