Romanian rights to Monster Nanny by Tuutikki Tolonen sold to Editura Univers!

MorkovahtiNewsletterJuly22We are very happy to announce that Editura Univers has acquired Romanian rights to Tuutikki Tolonen’s Monster Nanny (Tammi 2015), illustrated by Pasi Pitkänen! Among other titles published by Editura Univers are Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, The Help by Kathryn Stockett and Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff.

Rights were previously sold in Spanish and Catalan to La Galera, in German to Carl Hanser Verlag and in Estonian to Tiritamm.

“Monster Grah and his human friends are funny, touching and unforgettable. Their worlds should enchant parents and children alike and appeal to kids everywhere on the planet. We hope Monster Nanny will become a classic, a must-have in homes with children in Romania.”
– Editor Diana Crupenschi, Editura Univers

Book I in Tolonen’s middle-grade duology will be published in Finland by Tammi this fall. Book 2 will follow in the fall of 2016. Contact the Agency for an English sample of Book I!

A blend of Where the Wild Things Are, Mary Poppins and My Neighbor Totoro, Monster Nanny tells the story of a contemporary 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.

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
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera

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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