Taiwanese 4-book pre-empt deal for the LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES!

Pre-Bologna deals: We are thrilled to announce that the Complex Chinese rights for THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES series by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani have been acquired by Morning Star in Taiwan in a 4-book pre-empt deal! Morning Star focus especially on series, and they have successfully published e.g. Erin Hunter and David Walliams. This is the 25th territory for the LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES!

The rights to the bestselling series are still available in UK, US, France, Japan, Portugal…

Download the materials for THE LITTLE SHOP OF NIGHTMARES here!

In addition, Morning Star has also acquired the rights to GRUMBLEBELLY CAT by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani! The classic fairytale has already sold to 10 territories. 

Both deals were closed by Elsa Lindström at Elina Ahlback Literary Agency in association with Grayhawk Agency.

The rights to GRUMBLEBELLY CAT are still available in e.g. UK, US, Norway, Latvia, the Netherlands…

Download the materials for GRUMBLEBELLY CAT here!

The Little Shop of Nightmares

Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

Nina is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares – a small shop where accidents and mysteries keep happening!
The Little Shop of Nightmares is a series full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!

#1 The Terrible Tickling Powder
When Nina, a 9-year-old, enters The Little Shop of Nightmares in hopes of getting a job, she is greeted by an odd sight: shopkeeper Mr. Kook is rolling on the floor, unable to stop laughing. With a little help from a ghost called Paddy, they start looking for the untickling powder to help him, but things are certainly not made any easier by Mr. Kook’s world-domination-planning pet octopus Squishy McGoo, who is a bit too quick about getting into trouble with rollerblades on its tentacles.

#2 The Mystery of the Missing Teeth
Nina goes to buy ice cream after her first work day at The Little Shop of Nightmares. But at the ice cream shop she discovers a vampire – without teeth! Nina decides to help the vampire, Lucas, find his teeth from Mr. Kook’s shop. But, for some reason, all the vampire teeth seem to have disappeared. It seems like somebody has hidden them on purpose…

#3 Sticky the Terrible Snowman
The Little Shop of Nightmares is getting buried in snow! Nina and Paddy are trying to find the cause of the snowstorm, but that’s easier said than done. A well-meaning but horribly clumsy snowman keeps getting in their way and thwarting their every effort to stop it from snowing inside.

#4 The Crystal Skull
The Little Shop of Nightmares crew finds out that a pirate sailing competition is coming to town! Competing to be the fastest pirate ship are the Ghosts, the Zombies, the Sirens and the Better Pirates – all of whom want the Crystal Skull that has been given to Mr. Kook for safekeeping at the Little Shop of Nightmares.
When the Crystal Skull suddenly goes missing from the shop, little Nina and her friends start their investigation – and the suspects are a-plenty!


Grumblebelly Cat

Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

In a barren land, when a little girl meets a gigantic cat that threatens to devour her, she makes it a smart offer. The girl leads the cat across the lands, looking for something to satiate its hunger before it eats her, but they encounter drought, destruction, and people who have nothing to eat except their dreams. When the cat gobbles up the girl, she finds something in its belly, something that has made it so hungry…

Grumblebelly Cat is a classic fairytale about a contemporary subject. The detailed, monochrome illustrations by Teemu Juhani add another layer to the story.

Painajaispuoti ja kamala kutituspulveri
WSOY, 2018, 60 pp.

Rights sold:
CATALAN: La Galera
ESTONIA: Postimees Kirjastus
GERMANY: HarperCollins Schneiderbuch
GREECE: Dioptra
HUNGARY: Cerkabella Konyvkiado
ITALY: Cart’ Armata Edizioni
KOREA: Gilbutschool
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
NORWAY: Fontini
ROMANIA: Univers Publishing House
RUSSIA: Kompass Guide
TAIWAN: Morning Star
TURKEY: Epsilon

Reading materials:
English PDFs for Books 1-3
English text for Book 4




Kurnivamahainen kissa
Karisto, 2017, 46 pp.

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Tiritamm
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag
ITALY: Terre di Mezzo Editore
POLAND: Widnokrąg
SWEDEN: Epix Bokförlag AB
TAIWAN: Morning Star
TURKEY: Dogan Egmont

Reading materials:
English PDF

About author

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 has been sold to 30 territories around the world. Among Hai's many accolades are winning the Finlandia Prize for children's and YA literature and the Finnish Literary Export Prize, and being nominated  the 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.

About author

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.