Monster Route

Reading material

Finnish manuscript
English synopsis

Original title: Mörköreitti

Published: 2016

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Middle-Grade

Pages: 300

Monster Nanny duology, Book II
With black-and-white illustrations by Pasi Pitkänen

Mimi 6 years, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She travels in their tunnels, led by the odd Gate Keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?


Rights sold:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books (two-book-deal)
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont (two-book deal)
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag (two-book deal)
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon (two-book deal)
THE NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff (two-book deal)
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk (two-book deal)
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga (two-book deal)
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren (two-book deal)

“Monster Nanny is a children’s book that combines absurdist humour with an adventurous story. The author created a wonderful world, in which mothers are sent on a holiday and their inventive kids take care of themselves. There is a lot of humour in the dialogue and several jokes that make adults laugh as well (like the Invisible Voice). There is a lot to enjoy in this series!”

— Thille Dop, publisher & Hannerlie Modderman, commissioning editor, Luitingh-Sijthoff, the Netherlands

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.

Bibliography


Tuutikki Tolonen

Monster Nanny

2015, Middle-Grade

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