German rights to The Mercurial Mouse by Riikka Jäntti sold to Eulenspiegel!

PikkuHiirinewsletterJuly2015We are delighted to announce that Eulenspiegel, publisher of both contemporary titles and children’s classics, has acquired German rights to author-illustrator Riikka Jäntti’s charming picture book, The Mercurial Mouse (Tammi 2015).

“Every parent knows these tiny, lumbering, loud-babbling creatures who love to say ‘No!’ to everything. No getting dressed, no eating, no hurrying up! But these creatures are also full of laughter – and look so cute … Riikka Jäntti’s character in The Mercurial Mouse is all that. The story is set in a pretty, dollhouse-like world full of colorful details. Every illustrated scenario strikes just the right note.”
– Lector Franziska Hoch, Eulenspiegel Kinderbuchverlag

Jäntti’s story, praised for its classic feel and relatability, narrates the ordinary day of a toddler mouse who doesn’t always behave exactly as Mommy Mouse would wish. Contact the Agency for a full English text!

An upcoming sequel to The Mercurial Mouse will show Little Mouse wanting to do everything on his own.


“Riikka Jäntti has created an easily relatable work that will surely captivate both children and their parents. The illustrations are charming, detailed in their simplicity and, most importantly, cozy and inviting…this will be a favorite for many children.”
Kirjakaapin avain (“Book Cabinet Key”) literature blog,  Finland

“In its simplicity and familiarity this breezy children’s book inspired many nods and murmurs of recognition – at least in us grown-up readers. The book depicts the day of a little mouse, and includes plenty of moments familiar to parents of toddlers; moments in which a child doesn’t want to do something or wants to do things on his or her own.”
Luetaanko tämä? (“Shall we Read This?”) children’s literature blog, Finland

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
GERMANY, Eulenspiegel

Reading materials:
Full English text
Finnish edition


Riikka Jäntti

Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of University of Industrial Art of Helsinki, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has publishers in 16 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.


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