Chronicle Books acquires Wild + Wolf’s Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games and Games Room brands

Chronicle Books has detailed the acquisition of Wild + Wolf’s three signature games and toy brand: Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games, and Games Room in a deal that spans around 350 active skus and more than 10,000 retail partners across 60 countries.

New products will continue to be produced under the Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games, and Games Room brand names.

With consumer demand for games, activities, and all-ages entertainment continuing to increase, the acquisition is a major step in Chronicle Books’ strategic growth strategy. This move greatly extends Chronicle’s already substantial reach in the gift, game, and entertainment categories around the world.

Petit Collage, Ridley’s Games, and Games Room have won numerous industry accolades and awards over the past few years and have achieved significant sales growth across a wide range of retail environments. They bring with them a loyal and diverse international fan base.

“The Ridley’s, Petit Collage, and Games Room brands align seamlessly with our mission to spark the passions of adults and children worldwide and will complement Chronicle’s distinctive publishing program, as well as those of our distribution clients,” said Tyrrell Mahoney, president of Chronicle Books.

“The integration of these three much-loved and admired brands, and the addition of extremely talented members of their creative teams, supports our strategy to serve even wider consumer interests in all types of retail stores and environments.”

Chronicle Books is distributed in the UK by Abrams & Chronicle Books. The move now hands the firm greater leverage in the toys and games sector. Petit Collage is recognised for its range of eco-friendly toys and gifts, Ridley’s Games is known for imaginative and original trend-led games for all ages including Avocado Smash, and Games Room is a leader in trivia decks and games.

Paul Taylor, CEO of Wild + Wolf, said: “We are very excited to have Ridley’s, Petit Collage, and Games Room become a part of the Chronicle Books publishing universe. We have long admired Chronicle for their inventive and diverse range of books, games, and gift product. Their creative ingenuity and sales acumen will propel these popular game and toy brands to new heights in the marketplace.”

As result of this transaction, Chronicle will establish a subsidiary, Chronicle Books Limited, in the United Kingdom and will bring on board a number of Wild + Wolf creative staff to lead and develop the future program out of Bath, England, and in San Francisco, California.

For the remainder of 2020, sales and distribution will remain unchanged. Beginning January 2021, all distribution and sales representation will move to Chronicle Books in San Francisco and to its partners Abrams & Chronicle Books in the United Kingdom and Europe and Raincoast Books in Canada.

Wild + Wolf lands Roald Dahl partnership for Petit Collage games, puzzles, and more

The award-winning gifting company Wild + Wolf has landed a new partnership with The Roald Dahl Story Company to develop a range of licensed puzzles, board games, card games, and more.

The range will become part of the firm’s toy and game offering under its Petit Collage brand and will feature some of Quentin Blake’s best-loved illustrations while embodying the literary icon, Dahl’s irreverent and imaginative storytelling.

Under the deal Wild + Wolf’s Petit Collage will distribute the range across the UK, Eire, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Europe.

The properties that the license covers includes Matilda, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, James & The Giant Peach, The Enormous Crocodile, The Witches and Fantastic Mr. Fox.

The initial collection will launch in AW20 and will include the Roald Dahl Trivia Quiz Set, the Roald Dahl Magnetic Squibbling Board, the Roald Dahl Storytelling Dice Game, a Roald Dahl ‘What Is It?’ Game, Roald Dahl Golden Ticket Memory Game, James and the Giant Peach Snap, Matilda Hook A Book Card Game, Roald Dahl Biffsquiggled Card Game, James and the Giant Peach Keepsake Book Puzzle (100pc), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Keepsake Book Puzzle (100pc), Matilda Keepsake Book Puzzle (100pc), BFG Keepsake Book Puzzle (100pc), and the Double-sided Puzzle in Keepsake Pouch (100pc).

Partnering with an evergreen children’s brand like Roald Dahl is a dream come true, and a brilliant fit for Petit Collage,” said Emma Puzey, licensing manager at Wild + Wolf.

“The longevity of Roald Dahl’s stories is demonstrated by 50+ years of delighting children and adults with books that have become a childhood staple. Petit Collage is in a unique position to offer quality, sincere gifting that pairs well with the respected children’s literature of Roald Dahl and shares in its fun and enthusiasm.

“Our talented design team will translate the imagination of his iconic stories into engaging toys, games and gifts that bring families together.”

Rebecca French, senior licensing manager at Roald Dahl Story Company, added: “We are thrilled to be working with Petit Collage and very much looking forward to the launch of the collection of responsibly designed products that are sure to delight our fans.”