Horrible Histories to launch children's magazine

Popular BBC children’s programme Horrible Histories is to launch as a magazine next week.

Aimed at seven to ten-year-olds, the monthly magazine will be based on the Horrible Histories books and the existing BBC brand.

The magazine, which will be released next Thursday (18 October), will aim to capture the “style and humour of the books”, concentrating on the “wicked, weird and woeful” events from history.

It is hoped the magazine will appeal to parents as well as children.

The title is produced by Immediate Media Co’s youth and children’s editorial team under licence from Scholastic Children’s Books. There are currently two journalists working on the publication.

Editor Kevin Pettman said: “The fantastic Horrible Histories brand has massive support from kids and parents, so it has been exciting to produce this hilariously horrid magazine.

“It has everything kids love: foul facts, scary quizzes and putrid pictures all backed up with factual accuracy which we know parents will enjoy too.”

Lisa Edwards, publishing and commercial at Scholastic Children’s Books, said: “We are delighted to partner with one of the UK’s leading magazine publishers on this hugely exciting venture.

“We will have a wonderful new offering for the legions of fans of the books, just as we are about to enter the 20th anniversary of their first publication.”

The magazine costs £2.99 and will be available at all major retailers and independents across the UK.

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