Luitingh-Sijthoff acquires Dutch rights of Monster Nanny!

morkotnewsLuitingh-Sijthoff has acquired Dutch rights to Tuutikki Tolonen’s middle-grade adventure Monster Nanny and its sequel, Monster Route. The duology will published in the Netherlands and Belgium on the brand new children’s and YA list of Luitingh-Sijthoff, well-known in the Dutch adult market for authors like George R.R. Martin, Dan Brown and Stephen King. Dutch will be the 12th language our monsters learn!

Monster Nanny is a children’s book that combines absurdist humour with an adventurous story. The author created a wonderful world, in which mothers are sent on a holiday and their inventive kids take care of themselves. There is a lot of humour in the dialogue and several jokes that make adults laugh as well (like the Invisible Voice). There is a lot to enjoy in this series!” — Thille Dop, publisher & Hannerlie Modderman, commissioning editor, Luitingh-Sijthoff, the Netherlands

Contact the agency for the full English translation of Monster Nanny!

Monster Nanny‘s universal, good-natured humor has gathered enthusiastic feedback all around the world, be it east, west, north or south:

I loved this fresh and funny novel. The author matter-of-factly creates a world where monsters work as nannies and bathrobes talk.” — Margaret Raymo, senior editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, USA

“Monster Nanny is a lovely story with a huge heart. Clearly related to classical tales with a touch of the absurd and a great sense of humour.” – Sofia Hahr, senior editor, Rabén & Sjögren, Sweden

“I am scared of monsters, but very fond of Monster Nanny! I will tell the Chinese readers: if you want a monster and a friend, pick this work up.” — Qi Yangping, editor, Beijing Children’s Publishing House, China

“Tuutikki Tolonen has written a moving and inventive storydestined to became a classic and a favourite for generations of children.” —  Olga Portella, editor, and Iolanda Batallé, publishing director, La Galera, Spain

Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
BELGIUM, Luitingh-Sijthoff (two-book-deal)
CHINA (simplified Chinese), Beijing Children’s Publishing House
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont (two-book-deal)
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag (two-book-deal)
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon (two-book-deal)
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff (two-book-deal)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren (two-book-deal)
WORLD ENGLISH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Full English text of Book 1
Finnish ms of Book 2 (available soon)


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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