Bestselling Ricky Rapper and Hayflower & Quiltshoe children’s series sold in China

RR ja Heinahattu 140117Authors Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola continue to make a splash abroad, this time in China. Foreign rights to the classic 14-part Hayflower and Quiltshoe (Heinähattu ja Vilttitossu, Tammi) series have been sold to Hubei Children’s Press. The 13-part Ricky Rapper series (Risto Räppääjä, Tammi), the Nopolas’ most popular creation, will be published in China by Beijing Xiron Books.

Ricky Rapper is known as Finland’s most beloved kids’ character, consistently topping the children’s bestseller list and appearing in a popular series of films. The fourth Ricky Rapper movie will premiere in Finland on February 5th. Among illustrator Christel Rönns’s accolades has been the Finlandia Junior Prize in 2012.

The Hayflower and Quiltshoe series, also created by Sinikka Nopola and Tiina Nopola, narrates the adventures of two sisters – one responsible and well-behaved and the other rowdy and free-spirited. The well-known stories have been adapted for the stage and the screen. Illustrator Salla Savolainen has won several awards for her work, including the prestigious Rudolf Koivu Prize in 2005.
A new Ricky Rapper entry will be published this year. In addition, the 8th book in the Hayflower and Quiltshoe series, Hayflower, Quiltshoe and the Annoying Pest (Heinähattu, Vilttitossu ja Littoisten riiviö), will be re-released with new illustrations.
Rights sold:

Ricky Rapper series:
ARABIC, Dar al Saqi
CHINA, Beijing Xiron Books
DENMARK, Turbine
DENMARK, Carlsen
ESTONIA, TEA Publishers
FINLAND (Sámi), ABC-Company
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
JAPAN, Komine Shoten
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
SLOVENIA, Sodobnost
SPAIN, Santillana
SWEDEN, Bonnier Carlsen
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
Hayflower and Quiltshoe series:
CHINA, Hubei Children’s Press
DENMARK, Turbine
ESTONIA, TEA Publishers
HUNGARY, Cerkabella
LITHUANIA, Nieko Rimto
RUSSIA, Meshcheryakov
SERBIA, Propolis
Reading materials, Hayflower and Quiltshoe:
English text of book 13, English sample of book 9, French sample of book 1
Reading materials, Ricky Rapper: Full English and Spanish texts of book 12, English sample of books 1, 3 and 13, German sample of book 1