Popular local children's book series Sherlock Sam headed for the big and small screens

Husband-and-wife team Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez who wrote the children's book series Sherlock Sam.
Husband-and-wife team Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez who wrote the children's book series Sherlock Sam.PHOTO: DIOS VINCOY JR FOR THE STRAITS TIMES

SINGAPORE - Sherlock Sam is going places.

The first two titles from the Singapore children's book series, published by Epigram Books, were released in the United States in August by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

On Thursday (Oct 13), Singapore-based August Media Holdings announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with Epigram Books to bring to life the intrepid 10-year-old detective Samuel Tan Cher Lock and his trusty robot sidekick Watson in adaptations for film and television.

"The book series uniquely captures the quirks and the spirit of multi-racial Singapore and South-east Asia. It's exciting to start work on this home-grown property and make it travel even more that it already has," founder and chief executive officer of August Media Holdings Jyotirmoy Saha said in a statement.

The company focuses on programmes for children and youth. Its titles include pre-school animated series Ella Bella Bingo, about the adventures of five-year-old Ella.

Epigram Books chief executive officer Edmund Wee said: "Sherlock Sam is almost folklore to the kids of Singapore. We are delighted that we are going to be able to tell the stories through a visual medium too."

The books are written by Singapore-based husband-and-wife team Adan Jimenez and Felicia Low-Jimenez under the pseudonym A. J. Low and the series, which features a mix of logic and off-beat humour, is a big hit across South-east Asia.

bchan@sph.com.sg