Danish rights to Stella sold in a pre-empt!

We are thrilled to announced that one of our picture book highlights this season, the utterly charming STELLA by Ted Forsström and Åsa Lucander has been sold to Denmark. Gads Forlag bought the Danish rights in a pre-empt. The deal was closed by Anna Kappauf at Elina Ahlbäck Literary Agency. STELLA will be published in Finland next week by Förlaget and Etana Editions simultaneously.

STELLA is an original bedtime story picture book featuring a very loud dog with lively imagination, mimicing the creative excuses toddlers come up with when it is time to go to bed. It’s a new, exciting collaboration between comedian and Finlandia Junior nominated author Ted Forsström and Aardman Animations director and illustrator Åsa Lucander.

The book was hugely popular during Bologna book fair last week and we expect more offers soon – be quick and secure the rights for your language now!

Download the materials for STELLA here! 

Snälla Stella, sluta skälla!
Förlaget, March 2023, 44pp

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Förlaget (orig. Finland-Swedish), Etana (Finnish)
SWEDEN: Förlaget
DENMARK: Gads Forlag

Reading materials:
Finland-Swedish original
full English pdf

About author

Åsa Lucander

Åsa Lucander is a 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 where she was introduced to animation while studying illustration. After graduating she joined the animation studio 12foot6 where she stayed until 2014.

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 a passion for hand rendered drawings and explores many different textures and mediums in all areas of her work. She loves mixing humour with melancholy and thrills in bringing characters of every shape and form to life with compelling scripts and inventive visions. She nimbly blends music, authentic dialogue, film segments, hand drawn characters and dolls in innovative ways.

Åsa has directed multiple shorts, including her award-winning film Lost Property, as well as many heart-warming commercial films for clients including Blue Peter, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Project Every- one and Childline, and a VR documentary film for BBC. Most recently she directed the music video for Coldplay’s track Daddy that has won numerous awards.

About author

Ted Forsström

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.