Become a Planet Agent

A humorous book with a strong environmental message tried and tested in schools through the author’s environmental non-profit organisation. The reader is asked to join an elite task force protecting the planet, by becoming a Planet Agent and taking on a top secret mission. Baddies like Ivan Von Energythirsty, the energy vampire, as well as Gulp Watersucker, who sucks water when people are wasting it, and the intrepid Lazybones Family, are all encountered along the way and defeated by the reader.

Original and smart, with a very inventive layout and innovative illustrations, this book quickly became a bestseller in Greece.

 

Rights sold:
China (simplified Chinese), CITIC KIDS (forthcoming) / Egypt (Arabic worldwide), Egyptian Office for Publishing & Distribution (forthcoming) / USA, Zest Books (forthcoming)

Details:

Author: Eleni Andreadis
Illustrator: Stefanos Koltsidopoulos
Publisher: Metaichmio Publications
Year: 2014
Genre: middle grade / illustrated
Format: Soft cover, 14 x 20,5 cm
Pages: 128
Ages: 7+

Awards: Winner of the 2015 Greek State Award for Children's Knowledge Book

Eleni Andreadis is a best-selling author, educator and sustainability specialist, born in London to Greek parents. She earned her Masters at Harvard University focusing on Environmental Policy and Media, and has presented, produced and consulted for a variety of channels and media organisations, such as the BBC, Participant Media and Green TV in the UK, US and Canada. Her best-selling Planet Agents book series won the State Award for Children's Knowledge Book in Greece and was shortlisted for several national awards, including the prestigious IBBY award. The series is due to be released in numerous countries around the world, such as the US, China, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East. Her environmental middle-grade chapter book, Justin Grey and the Earthkeepers, will debut in Greece and Turkey in 2018. Eleni is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in the UK, and is the founder of the non-profit organisation Planet Agents, which aims to empower children aged 7-12 to take action on environmental issues through exciting eco-missions delivered to over 10,000 kids annually. She also writes for film and TV.

 

Stefanos Koltsidopoulos was born in Athens in 1972. He studied Visual Communication Design (ΒΑ Hons) specialising in 2D Animation, and Design for Interactive Media (PG Dip) at Middlesex University, and Computer Animation (ΜΑ) at London Guildhall (Metropolitan) University. He has worked as a freelance 2D animator/director for TV advertising in the UK and Greece. Since 2009 he has been working in visual development and character design for animation, mobile games, apps and advertising for companies and developers in Greece and Europe, and has, recently, started illustrating children’s books. The first book he illustrated, Become a Planet Agent by Eleni Andreadis, won the 2015 State Award for Children’s Knowledge Book.