We are happy to celebrate the acquisition of two U.S. titles in the Nordic countries: Vombat Förlag acquired Swedish rights to award-winning picture book Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press 2014), while Forlagid acquired Icelandic rights to Creative Haven Creative Cats Coloring Book by Marjorie Sarnat (Dover 2015).
Viva Frida, which has been named a Caldecott Honor Book, received the Pura Belpre Illustrator Award and been included on the year’s best lists by School Library Journal, NPR, Publishers Weekly and the American Library Association, brings to life Frida Kahlo’s artistry and imagination through photography by Tim O’Meara. Rights have previously sold in Chinese and Korean.
“Frida Kahlo has reached iconic status by demonstrating independence through artistic creativity. Vombat Förlag wants to pass on this message to all children in Sweden.”
– Tin Eriksson, editor, Vombat Förlag
Praise for Viva Frida:
“Frida is presented less as a historical figure than as an icon who represents the life Morales holds sacred; Frida lives because she loves and creates.”
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Morales’s perception of [Kahlo’s] creative process results in a fresh, winning take on an artist who has rarely been understood . . . Morales’s art and O’Meara’s photographs take this book to another level.
– School Library Journal, starred review
Creative Cats Coloring Book, part of Dover’s extensive line of Creative Haven coloring books for grown-ups, has appeared on several U.S. bestseller lists, including Publishers Weekly‘s Adult Trade Paper bestseller list, and received enthusiastic reviews from consumers. Many have praised its rich and captivating designs.
Forlagid, which acquired rights, is Iceland´s largest publishing house whose list includes about 200 new titles annually in all genres. Among Forlagid’s other bestselling activity books is Johanna Basford‘s The Secret Garden coloring book.
Other adult coloring books in Dover’s Creative Haven collection include Art Nouveau Fashions, Snowflake Designs, Peacock Designs, Owls, Mandala Designs and Steampunk Designs, among many others. Contact the Agency for materials!
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