The Little Shop of Nightmares 1: Terrible Tickling Powder

Reading material

Finnish manuscript
Full English pdf
English synopsis

Original title: Painajaispuoti: Kamala kutituspulveri

Published: 2018

Publisher: WSOY

Class/genre: Middle-Grade

Pages: ~60 pp.

Part of a serie: The Little Shop of Nightmares

When Nina, 9 years, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing. With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help him, but things are certainly not made easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

The Little Shop of Nightmares starts a new early readers’ series about a strange little shop and its employees… who are even stranger. You might need some untickling powder to stop laughing at this book!

Rights sold:
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Postimees Publishing
GERMANY: Egmont Schneiderbuch
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY: Fontini
RUSSIA: Teenbooks Publishing / Kompas Guide
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
TURKEY: Epsilon

We are very excited to be the Czech publisher of this slightly scary but absolutely lovely series. We can’t wait to invite our smallest readers to the charming fantasy world of the Little Shop of Nightmares.

Jana Michalikova, Editor, Euromedia, Czech Republic

We are very happy to discover The Little Shop of Nightmares. It is a fun series ideal for children who have recently begun to read independently. With its hilariously captivating narratives and quirky illustrations, the books present a whole exciting world for the target audience.

Piret Veigel, Publisher, Postimees Publishing, Estonia

This is a fun and fast-paced story, and 9-year-old Nina is a funny girl. It gives the message we need to work for our dreams in such an under-handed way. It’s sweet. Magdalena Hai’s brilliant humor and storytelling is a perfect match with Teemu Juhani’s fantastic illustrations. I was looking for a funny horror-ish story for middle-grade readers for a while now. I think I find a great one with The Little Shop of Nightmares Series. 

Tugce Nida Gokırmak, Epsilon, Turkey

Magdalena Hai

Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.


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