Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Nickelodeon Reportedly Acquires Rights to 'The Manny Files' YA Novel

Nickelodeon has reportedly acquired the rights to adapt The Manny Files, the award-winning preteen novel from author Christian Burch!

Manny /ma·ne/ n
A male nanny or babysitter, known to be handsome, fabulous, and a lover of eighties music

"Be interesting."

That's what the manny tells Keats Dalinger the first time he packs Keats's school lunch, but for Keats that's not always the easiest thing to do. Even though he's the only boy at home, it always feels like no one ever remembers him. His sisters are everywhere! Lulu is the smart one, India is the creative one, and Belly . . . well, Belly is the naked one. And the baby. School isn't much better. There, he's the shortest kid in the entire class.

But now the manny is the Dalinger's new babysitter, and things are starting to look up. It seems as though the manny always knows the right thing to do. Not everyone likes the manny as much as Keats does, however. Lulu finds the manny embarrassing, and she's started to make a list of all the crazy things that he does, such as serenading the kids with "La Cucaracha" from the front yard or wearing underwear on his head or meeting the school bus with Belly, dressed as limo drivers. Keats is worried. What if Lulu's "Manny Files" makes his parents fire the manny? Who will teach him how to be interesting then?

The Manny Files was first published in 2006 and was followed up in 2008 with the sequel Hit the Road, Manny.

The news comes as Nickelodeon is leaning heavily into children's literature for new content. The network is adapting Lincoln Peirce's Big Nate comic strip and best-selling children’s book into a new CG-animated series, and has optioned Peirce's follow-up series Max & the Midknights for a TV show and/or movie. Nickelodeon is also said to be developing Dana Simpson’s comic strip Phoebe and Her Unicorn into a multi-platform franchise across an TV animated series, movies and more, and in 2019, fully acquired the Garfield franchise.

Additional sources: Simon & Schuster,

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