Ted Forsström is a Finnish-Swedish media personality living in Ostrobothnia. He has worked as a comedian, actor, radio host and author, often as part of the duo Ted & Kaj. Today he works with children’s programs on Svenska Yle and talks once a week in Finland’s biggest Swedish podcast, Ted & Kaj, together with Kaj Korkea-aho.
Åsa Lucander is an Aardman director and designer, working in illustration and animation both in the UK as well as Scandinavia. Originally from Finland, she moved to London in 2001 and in 2015 she joined Aardman Animations in Bristol, where she is now based. With multi-faceted strengths in storytelling, design and animation she loves exploring various creative styles, be it in 2d, stop motion or CGI. Åsa has directed multiple shorts, including her award-winning film Lost Property. Most recently she directed the music video for Coldplay’s track Daddy that has won numerous awards.
Stella (Snälla Stella, Sluta Skälla, Förlaget, March 2023)
A father tries to put his child to bed, but keeps getting interrupted by Stella the dog, who starts barking hysterically. Something unexpected always happens, and the reader is treated to Stella’s lively imaginations: it may be a door opening or a car driving by, but Stella is strongly convinced it’s Grandma coming to give her food, or that squirrels have built a nest in the toaster.
Anyone who has ever tried to bring a child to bed knows how cozy yet fragile the situation is. It requires the right amount of patience and determination. The right bedtime story can be the key to a successful, quiet night.