The Little Book of Bad Moods

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

BRAZIL: Globo Livros


CROATIA: Stilus knjiga d.o.o.

CZECH REPUBLIC: Euromedia / Knižní klub

DENMARK: Modtryk

ESTONIA: Eesti Raamat

FRANCE: Le Livre de Poche

GEORGIA: Bakur Sulakauri Publishing

GERMANY: Droemer Knaur

HUNGARY: Partvonal

ICELAND: Forlagid

INDONESIA: Gramedia Pustaka Utama

ISRAEL: Kinneret Zmora

ITALY: DeA Planeta Libri

JAPAN: President Sha

LATVIA: Zvaigzne ABC Publishers

LITHUANIA: Baltos lankos


NORWAY: Vigmostad&Brjorke

POLAND: ZYSK I S-KA Wydawnictwo



SERBIA: Vulkan


SOUTH KOREA: Wings of Thinking

SPAIN: Plaza & Janés

SWEDEN: HarperCollins Nordic

TAIWAN: China Times

TURKEY: Pegasus yayinlar

UKRAINE: Vivat Publishing Ltd

UNITED KINGDOM: Bloomsbury Publishing

UNITED STATES: Gallery (Simon & Schuster)

Original title: Pieni pahan mielen kirja

Author: Lotta Sonninen

Illustrator: Piia Aho

Published: 2018

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Activity Books

Pages: 120

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Fed up with being positive? Try the opposite – an activity book in style of Keri Smith’s Wreck This Journal. Rights sold to 32 territories!

Are you done and over with positivity and wellbeing? Here’s an adults’ activity book of negativity and ill-being! List your enemies, vent the rage and hide the book from your spouse, children and colleagues.

The Little Book of Bad Moods parodies the positivity trend and adults’ activity books in a hilarious way and is suitable for everyone who has ever held a grudge and looked for a safe way to let it out. The book includes activities like the blame game (what’s wrong with your life – and whose fault it is), getting frank (the things you should have said then and there) and crying over spilled milk (no need to forget and forgive). Let’s get cranky!


“I haven’t laughed this hard for a long time. Reading the activities, one easily realizes the scale and pointlessness of one’s bad mood. These feelings will quickly pass. Especially quickly when one starts listing the dark corners of one’s mind. This book is the funniest way to spend time this summer!”
Ilta-Sanomat newspaper, Finland

The Little Book of Bad Moods is fantastically cathartic. It has so much potential in the UK, where moaning is pretty much a national pastime – we live in a permanent state of glum irritation about the failure of infrastructure, the cold/hot weather, global and national catastrophes, each other… this is the book we never knew we needed and I am thrilled to be publishing it this Christmas.”
– Xa Shaw Stewart, senior editor, Bloomsbury, UK

“This is brilliant! Makes you completely ignore your inbox and start making hate lists, but soon enough you’ll laugh at your own evil thoughts and silliness. I loved it – it’s selfhelp disguised as anti-selfhelp.”
Erwin Koning of A.W. Bruna, the Netherlands

”This book caught me in a bad mood. It immediately helped me to both deepen and expand my mood. So we had to take it.”
–  Frode Molven, editor-in-chief of non-fiction, Vigmostad & Bjørke, Norway

”A hilarious book to express your negative feelings: cathartic and awesome!”
– Isabelle Dubois, non-fiction publisher, Le Livre de Poche, France

”We weren’t in doubt when we read The Little Book of Bad Moods. It’s incredibly funny, but also shines a light on the pressure that many people feel to be happy, relaxed and mindful at all times. We’re happy to be in a bad mood with this little gem of a book.”
– Nanna Rørdam Knudsen, editor, Modtryk, Denmark

“This is a book that promises you a much-needed stress release by letting you rant as much as you’d like. With it, you can spill out all your pent-up frustration, and heal your body and soul in the process. Open this book, and I promise all your wounds will be healed!”
– Joan Huang, editor, China Times Publishing Company, Taiwan

”A truly quirky and hilarious adults’ activity book.There’s no better way to ease up and let out bad feelings than laughing out loud. I think this will be also a funny and appreciated gift book.”
– Annachiara Tassan, publisher, DeA Planeta Libri, Italy

“A quirky and unorthodox treasure among humor books. It‘s downright funny in a laughing-out-loud way and is clearly meant to channel your inner Grouchy Smurf. I am very happy we finally have a book for all the grumpy (and fun-loving) Slovak readers to fully express their frustration by making notes in this notebook which we hope will eventually lead to calmer and happier homes and finding serenity once exasperation is dried up.“
– Danka Jezikova, acquisitions editor, Ikar, Slovakia

“This book could not have arrived at a better time. There has been so much pressure recently to think positive that I am sure our readers will love the possibility to vent their negative feelings in a way which cannot harm anyone, and to laugh them off and move forward!“
– Šárka Kadlecová, editor-in-chief of fiction department, Euromedia Group, Czech Republic

“Being grumpy finally seems legit!”
– Saška Stojakov, editor, Vulkan, Serbia

Foreign covers

Lotta Sonninen

Lotta Sonninen works as an executive editor of nonfiction. She has also taught creative writing and translated many books into Finnish. She got the idea for The Little Book of Bad Moods when working on yet another book on positivity. She secretly thinks that bad moods are good for you.


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