German rights to Monster Nanny by Tuutikki Tolonen sold to Carl Hanser Verlag!

MorkovahtiNewsletterMay6We are thrilled to announce that Carl Hanser Verlag, one of Germany’s most esteemed children’s book publishers, has acquired rights in pre-empt to Monster Nanny (Tammi), Books 1-2 in Tuutikki Tolonen’s middle-grade adventure. Monster Nanny will be published in Finland by Tammi in Fall 2015, and book 2 will follow in Spring 2016.

Among other authors published by Carl Hanser Verlag are John Green, Jostein Gaarder and Rainbow Rowell.

Monster Nanny is a humorous and touching story at the same time, and never cheesy. Children are cared for by large, hairy monsters that turn out to be harmless, caring vegetarians. It’s like Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are for eight-year-old readers.”
– Saskia Heintz, editor, Carl Hanser Verlag

A warm and hilarious blend of Where the Wild Things Are, Mary Poppins and My Neighbor Totoro, Monster Nanny tells the story of a contemporary Finnish family whose daily routines are turned upside-down when a hairy, swamp-smelling creature said to be specializing in childcare shows up at their doorstep.

Contact the Agency for an English sample and synopsis!

Tuutikki Tolonen (b. 1975) is the author of several acclaimed children’s books as well as plays and academic articles. She teaches creative writing and works as an editor and reporter at Vinski, Finland’s only literary journal for children.

Illustrator Pasi Pitkänen (b. 1984) has become known for his warmly absurdist and richly detailed work on several children’s books. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer.

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag

Reading materials:
English sample
English synopsis
Full Finnish text





About author

Tuutikki Tolonen

Tuutikki Tolonen is the author of several acclaimed children’s books, plays and academic articles. She teaches creative writing and has worked as an editor and reporter at Vinski, a Finnish literary magazine for children. For Monster Nanny she received the Arvid Lydecken award.  Her inspiration for the Monster Nanny trilogy 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.

Her other bestselling series is the Agnes-series, of which the first book "Agnes and the Garden of Dreams" was in 2021 nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Award, received an honorable mention for the Runeberg Junior Award, and won the Luku Varkaus Award. Tolonen tells that the inspiration for Agnes comes for her interest for weird and inexpicable tales, ghost stories and mysteries: "I wanted to write a book my daughter Aili, then nine, would like to read - not too long, not too scary, but very curious."


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