Monster Nanny charms readers and critics

The first foreign editions of Tuutikki Tolonen’s charming middle-grade hit Monster Nanny have been published to warm reviews. Elle magazine in France reviewed the French edition of the novel, Le Monstre nounou:

“While very funny, her novel also makes us think about the essence of monstrosity, of fear and perhaps death. It goes without saying that we are eagerly expecting book 2, Monster Route, and that it will be the perfect opportunity to read book 1 all over again! Some enthusiastic readers have already wagered that if in ten years Monster Nanny is not a classic, then it will mean that monsters do not exist.”

Also the French bloggers have been enthusiastic about the classic potential of the book:

“This novel is a bit crazy, surrealistic but also tender and endearing. It could become a real classic for the new generation.” – Parfums de Livres blog, France

“I loved this fantastic tale, which introduces such a cute hairy monster! I loved the drawings and the way the author tells us the story at once with a child’s eyes but at the same time promoting great values such as bravery, family ties or solidarity.” – Alice Neverland blog, France

In Hungary, the translation of Monster Nanny (Mumusdadus színre lépgot selected for the TOP50 children’s books in 2016 by a prestigious committee at the Institute of Hungarian Children’s Literature.

2017 will also see publications of the U.S. edition by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Dutch version by Luitingh-Sijthoff, and the Swedish edition by Rabén & Sjögren. We’re excited!

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

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."