Posted on 06/05/2018 at 01:26 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Are you ready for more literary drama? Let’s head across the pond!

An award-winning British illustrator has alleged that the company behind Paddington 2 used her work without paying for it.

Jennie Maizels said Studio Canal Productions asked her last year to create another version of her book Pop-Up London to potentially use in the children’s movie.

Maizels wasn’t offended when the company told her they were going another direction, but then she saw the final film ... and was “gobsmacked.”

She told The Bookseller:

The opening scene of the film featured a pop-up Tower Bridge that was very similar to the pop-up bridge in my Pop-Up London book. I took that book to meetings with Studio Canal so they were definitely aware of it.

Maizels sought legal advice but was advised not to take the matter further. She’s speaking publicly about the matter to emphasize that illustrators should be recognized for their work.

Her publisher, Walker Books, has come out in support of her claims.

Categories: Today in Books

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