Hungarian rights to Monster Nanny by Tuutikki Tolonen sold to Tessloff Babilo

MorkovahtiNewsletterJuly22We are thrilled to announce that the Hungarian publishing house, Tessloff Babilon, has acquired Hungarian rights in a two-book-deal to Monster Nanny (Tammi 2015) and its follow-up Monster Route (a working title, Tammi 2016) by Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen. Tessloff Babilon is one of the leading Hungarian children’s literature publishing houses.

”A monster nanny was my dream when I was little — don’t ask why. So I am really happy to finally meet a real monster nanny. And I am even happier to be the nanny of the Hungarian edition of the book Monster Nanny. This book is charming, funny and never scary. I’m sure the Hungarian kids will love it.”
-Réka Mán-Várhegyi, Editor, Tessloff and Babilon Publishing House

A blend of Where the Wild Things Are, Mary Poppins and My Neighbor TotoroMonster Nanny tells the story of a contemporary 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.

Book I in Tolonen’s middle-grade duology was published in Finland by Tammi in 2015. Book 2 will follow in the fall of 2016. Contact the Agency for an English sample of Book I!

RIGHTS SOLD
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera

Reading materials:
English sample
English synopsis
Full Finnish text

Contact: info@ahlbackagency.com

Tuutikki Tolonen


Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, Finland’s only literary journal for children. Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny duology sparked during a family breakfast. “My son Leo, then six, said: ‘I heard on the radio yesterday that all moms have to go on vacation and monsters will take their places,” she says.