We are happy to announce that two Finnish picture book series, Satu Kontinen’s quirky Mo-ko-ma-ki books (Myllylahti) and Kristiina Louhi’s classic Annie (Aino) titles (Tammi), will soon be available for Chinese readers. Bei Jing Northark Culture Media acquired all three Mo-ko-ma-ki titles, while Beijing Double Spiral Culture and Exchange Company acquired ten Annie books!
Kristiina Louhi, whose Annie series debuted in 1984, is one of Finland’s most acclaimed illustrators. Among her numerous honours and accolades are the Finlandia Junior Prize for The Girl and the Jackdaw Tree (Tammi 2004) and 2014’s Pro Finlandia Medal, given by the President of Finland to distinguished Finnish artists. Her work has been published in several languages. The Annie series narrates the life of a spunky little girl who grows up alongside the reader.
Satu Kontinen’s Mo-ko-ma-ki series, aimed at readers aged two and older, stars ten little animals who tend to find themselves in mild trouble. Readers are invited, for example, to reunite baby animals with their mothers or spot the culprit who stole a bird’s tail feather. Packed with fun visual clues and details, the series celebrates discovery and imagination. World English rights to Mo-ko-ma-ki were also recently sold to POW!, an imprint of Brooklyn-based powerHouse Books.
Satu Kontinen is known for her distinctive visual style, and she has most recently designed a watch for Swatch!
RIGHTS SOLD: THE MO-KO-MA-KI SERIES
Original publisher: FINLAND, Myllylahti
CHINA, Bei Jing Northark Culture Media
FRANCE, Sarbacanne (Book I)
TAIWAN, Grimm Press
WORLD ENGLISH, POW!/powerHouse Books
Reading material: The Mo-ko-ma-ki series
Full English text of Books 2-3
Full Finnish text of Books 1-3
RIGHTS SOLD: THE ANNIE SERIES
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
CHINA, Beijing Double Spiral Culture and Exchange Company
Annie books have also been published in: English (UK), German, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, Faroese
Reading material: Kristiina Louhi
Full English text of Annie, Mummy’s Helper
Full English text of The Girl and the Jackdaw Tree
For materials and rights information contact:
Elina Ahlbäck, Literary Agent and CEO: elina.ahlback(at)ahlbackagency.com
Laura Palotie, Agent: laura.palotie(at)ahlbackagency.com
Lotta Dufva, Junior Agent: lotta.dufva(at)ahlbackagency.com