WEIRD WEATHER sold to Rabén & Sjögren in Sweden: The year 2020 Lotta and Kasper write an email to the world!

We are so happy to announce that WEIRD WEATHER!, the most important children’s book of the season, will be published in Sweden by Rabén & Sjögren.

Climate changes, why don’t we? Weird weather! answers children’s tough questions about climate change, and tells how we can all fight against it. Two clever buddies, Lotta and Kasper get tired of their parents’ evasive answers about weird weather. They decide to research what climate change is really is about! In year 2020 Lotta and Kasper write an email to the world:

Subject: How do you explain climate change?

Hi!
How’s it going? A long, hot summer is coming to an end here, and school has already started. But is there any point going to school if it and everything else might be drowned in a flood in less than a hundred years? Maybe—it depends on what schools teach!

We were thinking that first we need to imagine a better future and then make it happen. We know that you’re already seeing climate change where you are, and there’s a lot of trouble coming during our lifetimes if we don’t act now.

But what do you hope for? What will your home be like in 2050 if we do everything we can to prevent climate change? Then we’ll be our parents’ age, so super old! 😀

Sincerely,
Lotta and Kasper from Finland


We are thrilled to announce more wonderful pre-Gothenburg children’s deals:

MONSTER TOURNAMENT by Pasi Pitkänen
Russian publisher Aurora/D&A acquired rights to Pasi Pitkänen’s advnturous picture book “Monster Tournament”.

LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani
Hungarian rights to this hilarious horror for early readers were sold to Cerkabella.

“We fell in love with this enchanting series at first reading. It is very modern, funny, and a little bit spooky. The artwork is dynamic. We really hope that Hungarian kids will love it!”
– Agnes Nyulas, head of Cerkabella publishing, Hungary

LITTLE MOUSE series by Riikka Jäntti
Riikka Jäntti’s Little Mouse has charmed readers already in 11 territories, and now also in France, as Carbourakis acquires the French rights!

Rights sold (Weird Weather):

FINLAND: Into Kustannus (orig.)
ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat
SWEDEN: Rabén & Sjögren

 

Rights sold (Monster Tournament):

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
RUSSIA: Aurora/D&A
WORLD ARABIC: Ink Publishing

 

Rights sold (The Little Shop of Nightmares):

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Euromedia
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Postimees Publishing
GERMANY: Egmont Schneiderbuch
HUNGARY: Cerkabella
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY: Fontini
RUSSIA: Teenbooks Publishing / Kompas Guide
SWEDEN: Hegas
TURKEY: Epsilon

 

Rights sold ( Little Mouse):

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE; Carbourakis
NEPAL: Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
UK: Scribble/Scribe

Laura Ertimo


Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer.

The Tietopöllö award jury: Laura Ertimo knows how to sum up difficult things appropriately in the blink of an eye. Her works can provide information and joy to a wide range of readers, and they also attract people of all ages to delve deeper into the book and consider even difficult issues together. Laura Ertimo's books open paths to important and current topics.

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is an award-winning author, lover of cross-genre fiction and all things strange. Her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Her Little Shop of Nightmares series will be published in over 20 countries around the World. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the  Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated for Finlandia Jr. and Nordic Council Children & Young People's Literature Prize.

Besides being an author, Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) is a Finnish illustrator and a comics artist. She’s been drawing professionally for over 10 years, mainly drawing graphic novels and comics for children, including Sanni & Joonas and Lola Olifante.  Ahokoivu loves everything cute and scary. She lives and works in Copenhagen.

Pasi Pitkänen


Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.

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.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and picture book author whose illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in over 20 countries. In addition to children's books Teemu has illustrated magazines and educational material. Originally from the fields and woods of North Karelia, Teemu now lives, works and eats way too many cakes in Helsinki.