Rights to Hannele Huovi’s Ware Bears series sold in China!

UrpoTurponewsletterJuly2015We are proud to announce that Zhejiang Literature & Art Publishing House has acquired Simplified Chinese rights to six titles in the popular Ware Bears series (Tammi) starring two teddy bears named Urpo and Turbo.

The series, first launched in 1987 and illustrated by Jukka Lemmetty, has been adapted into animated films and children’s plays. Following Urpo and Turbo’s adventures in the Wild West and outer space, for example, the books celebrate adventure and imagination.

”With comically characterised illustrations by Jukka Lemmetty, these vignettes cast a philosophical light on life as seen from a small child’s viewpoint, whether the subject is monsters at bedtime, what to play on a rainy day, using the family dog as a sailing ship or learning good manners.”
Books from Finland literary journal

Hannele Huovi’s many accolades include the Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel in 2002 (for The Feather Chain), a Finlandia Junior nomination in 2011 (for The Giant Girl and her Tiny Friend), and nominations for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Find out more about Huovi’s work at hannelehuovi.fi!

RIGHTS SOLD
THE WARE BEARS SERIES
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CHINA (Simplified Chinese), Zhejiang Literature & Art Publishing House
RUSSIA, Azbooka-Atticus
ESTONIA, Varrak

The Ware Bears series has also been published in (rights reverted): Sweden

THE FEATHER CHAIN
CHINA, Beijing Publishing Group
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
JAPAN, Komine Shoten

THE GIANT GIRL AND HER TINY FRIEND
ARABIC, Boustany’s Publishing House
RUSSIAN, TEXT
VÕRU, Võru Instituut

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Hannele Huovi


Hannele Huovi (born 1949) is an acclaimed Finnish author who wrote her first children’s radio play while studying for her university degree. In addition to being known as a versatile creator of children’s and juvenile literature, she also writes poetry and prose for adults.

Huovi has received several awards and nominations for her work; among these is the Topelius Prize for the best Finnish youth novel in 2002 (for The Feather Chain), a Finlandia Junior nomination in 2011 (for The Giant Girl and her Tiny Friend), and a nomination for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

During her career Hannele Huovi has collaborated with a variety of illustrators and artists, namely with Kristiina Louhi (Jättityttö ja Pirhonen) and Jukka Lemmetty (Urpo ja Turpo). Hannele Huovi is also an accomplished translator into the Finnish language, having translated more than 50 children’s books.

Bibliography


Hannele Huovi

The Giant Girl and Her Tiny Friend

2011, Picture Book


Hannele Huovi

Too-wit, too-woo, too-who?

2010, Picture Book


Hannele Huovi

When You Are Tiny

2010, Picture Book

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