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Including Penguin Random House Children’s launching a new emoji book range.

Penguin Random House Children’s has acquired the publishing rights from the emoji company to create a range of emoji-based stories. Titles will include Sassy Girl, Pile of Poo, Laughing Crying and Heart Eyes, while there will also be an official sticker book. The collection will launch in October.

Warner Bros. Consumer Products kicked of Comic-Con in San Diego with the unveiling of a replica of the Amazon Princess’ Invisible Jet. The activity is part of the celebrations of the brand’s 75th anniversary.

The Perfetti van Melle group has partnered with French car manufacturer Citroën to launch a special edition Mentos car. The launch of the C1 Mentos is being supported by an ad campaign across digital, print and social media, as well as in-store promotions.

Cartoon Network has given the green light to a second series of The Powerpuff Girls.

CGI animation Bottersnikes & Gumbles is to make its CBBC debut on July 25 in the 6pm timeslot every week day.

Genius Brands International has appointed a raft of US licensees for tween girl brand, SpacePOP. New signings include Madame Alexander Doll Company, KIDdesigns, Mad Dog Concepts, Franco Manufacturing, Berkshire Fashions and FAB Starpoint.

An official Evil Dead 2 board game has surged past its goal of $70,000 on Kickstarter, with $276,840 currently pledged. The tabletop game has been developed by Space Goat Productions, in partnership with Creative Licensing and Studiocanal.

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