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Children's book Thelma the Unicorn is set to hit the streaming screen after its publisher, Scholastic Australia, signed a deal with  streaming service Netflix, to create an animated musical. 

The book, which is written by Australian author and New York Times bestseller, Aaron Blabey, will be adapted into a musical by Jared and Jarusha Hess whose work includes films Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre. 

So far, over 1.6 million copies of Thelma the Unicorn have been sold around the world. 

"We are huge fans of Aaron’s work," Jared and Jerusha Hess said. 

"The lovable misfits in his books feel right at home for us. It is a dream come true to be collaborating with him and Netflix on an animated feature of Thelma the Unicorn." 

This is the second time one of Blabey's books has caused a stir with the studios, after DreamWorks Animation won the rights to Blabey's The Bad Guys. 

Blabey said that he is excited to see his work on the Netflix screen. 

"I’m beyond excited that my beautiful phoney Unicorn is going to sparkle her way onto the screen in a big, glittery Netflix film. Thelma is so ready for her close-up!" 

The follow-up book to Thelma the Unicorn, The Return of Thelma the Unicorn will be released by Scholastic Australia in October 2019. 

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