10th foreign sale for WEIRD WEATHER! Slovak rights to IKAR!

WEIRD WEATHER! was just sold to IKAR in Slovakia, and has now been already sold to 10 countries since the first publication in October – From Italy to Sweden, from Serbia to Spain.

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The worldwide interest in climate change is at an all-time high!
With Madrid Climate Summit ending this week, there are millions of children at home asking – what is climate change and what to do to stop it?
We have answers! Look no further than to a non-fiction book by Laura Ertimo and Mari Ahokoivu called WEIRD WEATHER! that could help children (and adults) understand the changing climate and the concrete steps to fight it.

Lucia Hlubeňová at IKAR is excited about the book:

“We are very honored to be the Slovak publisher of Weird Weather. We appreciate that the book combines educational and entertaining elements. The theme of the book is extremely important in light of current events. We thank the authors and we look forward to launching the book on the Slovak market next year.”
– Lucia Hlubeňová, Editor-in-chief for children’s literature, IKAR, a.s., Slovakia


We are so thrilled to have acquired the Italian rights for Weird Weather! Telling the children about what is happening to our planet and the way we could still make it right is a moral duty for us, the generation who has messed it up. Laura Ertimo and Mari Ahokoivu make it funny and entertaining, which is the best key to get the children engaged to such a relevant topic. – Alessandro Gelso, Publisher, Edizioni Il Battello a Vapore – Piemme/Mondadori Children’s Books

“We’re extremely proud to be the Hungarian publisher of Weird Weather. Minutes after opening the manuscript a few weeks ago, we knew this is a one of a kind book: not only because it deals with a crucially important topic but also because of how it deals with it. We think the illustrations and the whole layout is captivating, and the fact that the book is informative and entertaining at the same time is astonishing. We congratulate the authors and are looking forward to publishing Weird Weather next year”
– Zoltan Komlo, Rights Director, Ciceró Könyvstúdió, Hungary

“This wonderfully illustrated and rather informative book may be the perfect way to help children (and adults) understand the importance of climate change and realize that if everyone made one small step in stopping it, our world would be much better and healthier place to live in.”
– Vesna Kapuran, Odiseja Publishing House, Serbia

“It’s a real pleasure for us to acquire the Turkish translation rights of Weird Weather. This beautifully illustrated book not only gives facts about climate change, but also presents the steps that we can take to stop this serious problem in an entertaining way. This will be a great read for children (and also for adults). “ 
Evrim Öncül, editor, Kolektif Publishing, Turkey

About the Book:
WEIRD WEATHER! Why Does Climate Change? is accurate but hopeful children’s non-fiction book that explains how humans are responsible for climate change and what we can do to ensure a brighter future. It also gives tips on how everyone can make better choices and practice climate skills every day.

IHME ILMAT! Into Kustannus,
September 2019, 48 pp.
235 x 250 mm,
four-colour illustrations

Rights sold:

Into Kustannus (orig.)
Eesti Raamat
Ciceró Könyvstúdió
Mondadori/Edizioni Piemme
Rabén & Sjögren

Reading materials:
English sample,full English text, Finnish pdf

About author

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. Her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also won the Tieto-Lauri award!

About author

Mari Ahokoivu

Mari Ahokoivu 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. 

Mari Ahokoivu won the Puupäähattu Comic Book Award 2023, and together with Laura Ertimo, they won the Tieto-Lauri Award 2022 and were nominated for the Finlandia Prize 2021 for WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO?!