Pre-empt for Monster Nanny and Monster Route in Norway!

Following the exciting film news earlier this month for Tuutikki Tolonen and her middle-grade Monster Nanny, we are thrilled to share with you that Norwegian rights to Monster Nanny and its sequel, Monster Route have just been snapped up in a two-book pre-empt by Gyldendal Norsk in Norway.

Acquiring editor of children’s books at Gyldendal Norsk, Ingrid Greaker Myhren enthused,

“We are over the moon to be the Norwegian publisher of Monster Nanny. Admittedly, the competition on illustrated middle grade is tough in our market these days, but Monster Nanny really represents something refreshingly different. The author has created a wonderful and impressively imagined world, and the humour is delightfully appealing to both children and adults alike. Add the fantastic artwork, and you have a real treat of a book!”

Monster Nanny and Monster Route are published in Finland by Tammi Publishers; Monster Route came out this autumn. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, will publish the US edition of Monster Nanny in 2017. Translation rights have been licensed in 15 territories so far including, the United States, Germany, China, France and Spain; the French, Spanish, Catalan and Hungarian editions were published this autumn.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
ESTONIA, Tiritamm
FRANCE, Robert Laffont (two-book deal)
GERMANY, Carl Hanser (two-book deal)
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon (two-book deal)
LATVIA, Zvaigzne
THE NETHERLANDS, Luitingh-Sijthoff (two-book deal)
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk (two-book deal)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga (two-book deal)
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren (two-book deal)
WORLD ENGLISH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions (Monster Nanny)

About author

Pasi Pitkänen

Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the extremely popular Monster Nanny trilogy by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer, and graphic designer. Pitkänen is the illustrator of the popular Kepler62 series and the author of two Children's titles Monster Tournament and The Island of Lost Animals.

Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

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."