We are thrilled to announce that Carl Hanser Verlag, one of Germany’s most esteemed children’s book publishers, has acquired rights in pre-empt to Monster Nanny (Tammi), Books 1-2 in Tuutikki Tolonen’s middle-grade adventure. Monster Nanny will be published in Finland by Tammi in Fall 2015, and book 2 will follow in Spring 2016.
Among other authors published by Carl Hanser Verlag are John Green, Jostein Gaarder and Rainbow Rowell.
“Monster Nanny is a humorous and touching story at the same time, and never cheesy. Children are cared for by large, hairy monsters that turn out to be harmless, caring vegetarians. It’s like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are for eight-year-old readers.”
– Saskia Heintz, editor, Carl Hanser Verlag
A warm and hilarious blend of Where the Wild Things Are, Mary Poppins and My Neighbor Totoro, Monster Nanny tells the story of a contemporary Finnish family whose daily routines are turned upside-down when a hairy, swamp-smelling creature said to be specializing in childcare shows up at their doorstep.
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Tuutikki Tolonen (b. 1975) is the author of several acclaimed children’s books as well as plays and academic articles. She teaches creative writing and works as an editor and reporter at Vinski, Finland’s only literary journal for children.
Illustrator Pasi Pitkänen (b. 1984) has become known for his warmly absurdist and richly detailed work on several children’s books. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer.
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
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