Sanna Pelliccioni’s Onni series sold in China!

OnninewsletterApr2015We are thrilled to announce that Chinese rights to author-illustrator Sanna Pelliccioni’s Onni series (Minerva) have been acquired by China Citic Press.

Onni picture books, aimed at kids aged two to six years old, present relatable adventures in the life of a little boy who is growing up with every new experience. A smash success in Finland, the books have also spurred greeting cards and advent calendars.

Praise for the Onni series:

“Onni books are rare in the sense that they can be enjoyed by both grown-ups and children. They also deal with the essential things in a child’s life.”
Kirjavinkit (“Book Tips”) literature blog, Finland

“A firm favourite among preschool-aged children…Pelliccioni’s round-headed figures, characteristic of her style, are suitably simple. She manages to convey fine nuances in their expressions and body language.”
Books from Finland literary journal

Sanna Pelliccioni (b. 1976) is an illustrator, graphic designer and author. Originally trained as a biologist, she wrote and illustrated her first book when she became a mother. This book turned into the popular Onni series, of which nine entries have been published to date. Pelliccioni is also the co-owner of Bombotti, a stationary and design firm, and a board member at IBBY Finland (International Board on Books for Young People).

Original publisher: FINLAND, Minerva
CHINA, China Citic Press

Reading materials:
Finnish editions
Swedish sample of Book 1
German sample of Books 1-2
Italian sample of Books 1-2



About author

Sanna Pelliccioni

Sanna Pelliccioni is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children’s author living in Helsinki with her Finnish-Italian family. An awarded illustrator, Pelliccioni has been e.g. honoured with being the only Finn named on the IBBY honour list 2022. Pelliccioni utilizes many different techniques in her illustrations, some of her favourites are collage and mixed techniques. She studied Arts and Illustration in Bologna and Macerata, Italy, and Graphic Design at the Pekka Halonen Institute in Finland.

She loves illustrating picture books and poems and making graphic design for book covers and her own books. She also writes for children and young people and concerning the themes of books she’s especially interested in equality, indigenous people, myths and taboos, forest and nature. Pelliccioni is mostly known for her Onni-poika picture book series which started in 2007 and contains 15 books so far.

​Pelliccioni collaborates with authors writing for children and young people and works with many Finnish editors. Some of her books have been translated to Chinese, Korean, Arabic, English and Swedish, Turkish and Estonian.