Now 12 rights sold for LITTLE MOUSE series!

We are extremely pleased to let you know that Riikka Jäntti’s LITTLE MOUSE series has now found a home in Russia!
The Moscow-based publishing house Strecoza has acquired the rights to all 7 titles in the series and is really happy:

All parents have ever faced such situations: the baby grows up, learns the big world, but he is impatient, wants to be independent and something does not work out right away. These bright and colorful books are the ideal first reading for toddlers and a great tip for adults! Perfect for spending time together!

– Larisa Mavrina, chief editor of Strecoza publishing house, Russia

Download the English pdfs for the Little Mouse series here

 

The series has now been sold to 12 territories. Read more about the series and the author below:

 

LITTLE MOUSE SERIES
written and illustrated by Riikka Jäntti

A 7-book series about a little mouse living with a single mother mouse, acting as all little persons do – in the first book, it says NO to everything – to broccoli, getting dressed, washing teeth, sleeping. Other parts talk about Christmas, winter, having guests, having a holiday, summer vacation and going on an island.
This universally loved little character will be published everywhere from Nepal and Russia to France and Australia
Book 1: Little Mouse
A day in the life of a toddler is a busy one and Little Mouse’s is no exception. Between getting dressed, going to daycare, eating dinner, and splashing in puddles, Little Mouse has a lot to do … and a lot to say ‘no’ to!

Book 2: Little Mouse Helps Out
Little Mouse’s friend Pip is coming over to visit. But first, there are chores to do around the house, like cleaning, laundry and cooking lunch. Little Mouse is determined to help Mummy Mouse with all of them.

Book 3: Little Mouse’s Christmas
Christmas is coming and Little Mouse can’t wait for Christmas Eve. Luckily there are all kinds of wonderful preparations to be made, from cooking to choosing the Christmas tree.

Book 4: Little Mouse’s Holiday
Little Mouse and Mommy Mouse take the train together to the countryside to stay at their cottage on an island, pick berries, heat the sauna and cook sausages over a campfire under the starry skies. It’s a real treat for a little city mouse!

Book 5: Little Mouse’s Winter
Winter is here and Little Mouse enjoys playing outside. But his fun is interrupted by piano lessons. And why do all the other kids have
phones and lots of collectable toy figures? Luckily mom has lots of fun activities that will make him happy again.

Book 6: Little Mouse’s Summer

Summer holiday is full of fun: going to the amusement park, playing by the beach and visiting the art museum. Buying strawberries and ice cream, and going to the cinema when the weather is too hot. Little Mouse knows that one must enjoy the summer, because it doesn’t last forever.

NEW: Book 7: Little Mouse’s Goes Camping

One beautiful summer’s day, Little Mouse’s goes camping with mom.

Little Mouse helps their mother set up the tent, light the grill and prepare sausages and vegetables wrapped in foil. When it gets dark, Little Mouse listens to the sounds of the night in the tent.  In the morning, they are both very hungry but luckily the island’s restaurant is open!

 

RIGHTS SOLD:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA: Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FRANCE: Cambourakis
NEPAL: Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
RUSSIA: Strecoza
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
UK: Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

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Grumblebelly Cat sold to Denmark

We are proud to share the news that the rights of Grumblebelly Cat by Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani have been sold to Vild Maskine in Denmark.

This author duo is better known for their bestselling series “The Little Shop of Nightmares”, which has been sold to 19 countries so far. The Grumblebelly Cat won the Finnish Literature Export Prize in 2018 and was nominated for the Nordic Council Children and Young People’s Literature Prize in 2018 as well. Additionally the book was nominated for the Arvid Lydecken Prize 2017 and Runeberg Junior Prize 2018.

 

Grumblebelly Cat
Karisto 2018, 46 pp.

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…

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

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
GERMANY: Dressler/Oetinger Verlag

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani (born 1987) is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer whose  illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in 20 countries, including Finland, UK, US, Germany and China. 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 and works in Helsinki. He grew up reading comics, holding pencil in his hand and dreaming of superhuman powers. Teemu has studied graphic design and illustration at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Academie Minerva in the Netherlands

EALA Spring 2021 Children’s Rights Guide

We have wonderful new Children’s titles for you!

We are very proud to share our Spring 2021 Children’s Rights Guide and announce exciting titles from YA fantasy adventures to finding new friends with a pet pig, from teaching children about viruses to a wonderful wintertime story and everything in between!

Browse our full Spring 2021 Children’s Rights Guide here.


 

Stormseye
by Meri Luttinen

Nominated for Finlandia Prize for Children’s & YA literature 2020!

Topelius Prize Winner 2020!

A beautiful historical fantasy adventure set in the ancient Finnish fantasy world where a young woman finds her own place in the society

On a long midsummer night, when the sun never really sets, sixteen year-old Kainu stands at the edge of a series of red circles drawn in ochre on the ground.

All young girls in her village discover what their future role in life is going to be by taking part in this ancient and traditional “rite of the circles”. Girls usually find that they end up in one of the more common circles that points them in the direction of roles such as matrons, mothers, or craftswomen. No one even dreams about the five most unique and select innermost circles, usually reserved for shamans and sages. Not one single girl has ever found themselves directed to one of the special circles for hundreds of years.

However, when Kainu enters the very middle circle which is that of a Great Sage, heavy responsibilities fall on her, and she has to go on a long journey to find out who she really is.

Download English sample and synopsis here!

 

Annie the Friend Tamer
by Kaisa Paasto, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu

Shy people of the world, unite!
Annie is a 10-year-old girl. When her friend Miisa moves abroad, Annie has a chilling realization: she has never had to find a new friend. Is it too late to learn how to make friends? Obviously no-one can learn a skill this big when they’re 10. Can they?

At home Annie has a different sort of problem: her new pet pig is refusing to be trained. He just wants to stay in his safe place, under the table. Good thing that Annie’s brother has just had a major back operation, as this means he has lots of time to lie in bed and dole out great advice. Anni’es parents are also alright as far as parents go, even if they do laugh a bit too much at their own jokes. So it’s not all too bad – she just needs to become a ‘friend tamer’!

Download English book presentation and Full Finnish pdf from here

Full English text coming soon!

BOOK 2 coming in Fall 2021! 

 

Tales of Wintertide: The Snow Queen’s Spell
by Hannele Lampela

Nominated for Arvid Lydecken Prize 2020!

Imagine if all the bedtime stories were true! The Snow Queen’s Spell begins an enchantingly funny and fantastical series for middle-grade readers.

Greta’s little brother Kai has gone missing, but her parents act like he has never even existed. So, she embarks on a mission to find and save him, and ends up in the fairytale-like land of Wintertide, where she becomes a member of the Storytellers Guild. Before Greta can save Kai, she needs to learn to tell her own story.

But just what is her story? Is it a fairy tale about the Snow Queen? At least it seems as if it is;  Greta must now become a member of the Guild to break the enchanted spell cast by the Queen of Coldness. It’s clear that the Queen is definitely not going to let Kai go without a fight.

Download English sample and synopsis here

 

Mini Science: Invisible World
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Sanna Pelliccioni

In the second title of Mini Science series – INVISIBLE WORLD – the adorable character Plop will discover the things one cannot see: electricity, garden in the fog, darkness, micro-organisms and other invisible things.

When Plop will get sick, he will learn about bacteria and viruses and how to avoid them. Vaccinations can seem scary, but they keep us healthy!
Sometimes it’s better to stay home, even if this makes you bored, so that soon you could go discovering the Dark Side of The Moon!

Download full English pdf here

 

Weird Weather: Why Does Climate Change
Weird Weather Activity Book for Climate Heroes

by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu
Now the bestselling children’s non-fiction title about climate change got even better!
Let us introduce the Weird Weather Activity Book that compliments the original bestselling title and can turn anyone into a Climate Hero!

Weird Weather is an original title about climate change, sold already to 16 territories!

Two clever buddies, Lotta and Kasper get tired of their parents’ evasive answers about weird weather. They decide to research what climate change is really about. Weird Weather! is an accurate but hopeful children’s nonfiction title 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-positive skills every day.

But climate change won’t be beaten with tiny tricks, and that’s why this book also encourages talking to children about how to make societal changes, and how working together can change everything. Stay also tuned for the upcoming sequel!

Download full English pdf here

Weird Weather, the Activity Book provides fun pastimes for environment lovers. Fun tasks, brain-teasers and inspiring ideas unleash children’s creative powers. Through the activities, they will learn more about the world including both past and current changes happening everywhere in nature – as well as what can be done for a better future!

Some of the tasks can be done directly in the book, others encourage the children to explore their home environment or the surrounding areas. Get busy with a friend, call your grandparents to learn about the climate, and why not write a letter to the people who can make a difference, whether it’s your favorite YouTuber – or the President!

Download full Finnish pdf here

Hannele Lampela


Hannele Lampela's (1982) lovable works have been praised above all for their rich humor and ability to truly show the world from a child's perspective. She has the ability to enchant her readers, and that is why both children and adults love her stories. Lampela's works have been dramatized for example by the Finnish National Theater, Kuopio City Theater and YLE's radio plays. She has been awarded the prestigious Kaarina Helakisa Prize for her work and she has been nominated for Storytel Award, and Arvid Lydecken Award in 2020.

In addition to her fictional works, Lampela has written and created  a world of stories for the next national ABC book of Finnish schools. First graders across the country will learn to read through Hannele’s texts. Lampela lives in a small wooden house in the middle of apple trees with her family, and spends her days not only writing, but also pampering herself and others on a regular basis.

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.

Mari Ahokoivu


Mari Ahokoivu (b. 1984) 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.

Meri Luttinen


Meri Luttinen (1987) is a Tampere-based debut writer. She has a Master's degree in Finnish language and literature and has worked with Finnish teaching and study materials. She has studied writing at the Viita Academy Writing School. Luttinen is interested in people's everyday lives in different eras and wants to take readers to other worlds with her texts.

Second rights sale for MINI SCIENCE: INVISIBLE WORLD

Already 2 pre-publication rights sold for INVISIBLE WORLD!

Today we are very glad to announce that Laura Ertimo and Sanna Pelliccioni’s INVISIBLE WORLD has now sold to Estonia’s biggest educational publisher Avita, previously the title was also picked up by Yapi Kredi publishing in Turkey.

The book teaches small children about invisible things – imaginary friends, bacteria and viruses. It also covers the very important topic of vaccinations and how to behave when you are sick.

The book is the second part of Mini Science series but can work as a standalone as well. If timed right, this could be published already in Spring/Summer 2021, when the vaccinations reach most people that are not in risk groups.

Download the full English pdf for this very timely title here.

ABOUT MINI SCIENCE SERIES:

Mini Science is a new nonfiction series for the smallest in the family. The series will tackle big science questions with lovely illustrations, and encourages kids to wonder and ask questions. It feeds curiosity and is designed to start conversations about different topics that children might not think about on their own.
In #1 Where Are You? we follow Plop, a little creature who guides us through space to the Earth and from there to the human DNA and finally to the world of atoms. Zooming in all the way from the enormities of space to the minisculness of atoms, we learn a great deal in between.

In #2 Invisible World  Plop will discover the things one cannot see: electricity, garden in the fog, darkness, micro-organisms and other invisible things.

When Plop will get sick, he will learn about bacteria and viruses and how to avoid them. Vaccinations can seem scary, but they keep us healthy!
Sometimes it’s better to stay home, even if this makes you bored, so that soon you could go discovering the Dark Side of The Moon!

Rights sold for the series:

FINLAND:
#1 Minerva (orig.)
#2 Karisto (orig.)

ESTONIA: Avita
GREECE: Klidarithmos
TURKEY: Yapi Kredi Publishing

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.

Sanna Pelliccioni


Sanna Pelliccioni is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children’s author living in Helsinki with her Finnish-Italian family. Pelliccioni illustrates with a lot of techniques, in mean time her favourite is collage and mixed techniques. She studied arts, illustration and graphic design in Bologna and in the University of Macerata, Italy and in Pekka Halonen Institute in Finland.

She loves illustrating picture books and poems and making graphic design for book covers and her own books. She also writes for children and young people and concerning the themes of books she’s especially interested in equality, indigenous people, myths and taboos, forest and nature. Pelliccioni is mostly known for her Onni-poika picture book series which started in 2007 and contains 15 books so far.

​Pelliccioni collaborates with authors writing for children and young people and works with many Finnish editors. Some of her books are translated to Chinese, Corean, Arabic, English and Swedish, soon also in Turkish and Estonian.

New deals for MISS SWIFT’S WEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOUSE and PRINCESS RASCAL SERIES!

We are very happy to start July with 2 new children’s deals!


Just 2 days after the original Finnish publication, we now have the first international sale for MISS SWIFT’S WEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOUSE!

The first international publisher is Grada from Czech Republic. Congratulations!

MISS SWIFT’S WEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOUSE is a new middle-grade title by bestselling writer-illustrator duo Magdalena Hai and Teemu Juhani, whose Little Shop of Nightmares series has already been sold to 13 countries.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Miss Swift lives happily alone in a very extraordinary house that has tigers in the garden and a ghost in the living room. She doesn’t have family, friends, and even people in the pictures on the wall have disappeared.
But one day three children appear on her doorstep, and seems like she might have forgotten something very important…
The answer can be found behind a locked door in the third floor. What’s behind the door you might ask? It’s Miss Swift’s past.

Request the English reading materials for Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House by clicking here!


We are also glad to announce that we now have another sale for PRINCESS RASCAL series!
Danish rights for both books were acquired by Gads Forlag. Previously, PRINCESS RASCAL was acquired by Nieko Rimto in Lithuania.

Princess Rascal is a spirited and resourceful little girl with a great imagination, like the kid sister of Pippi Longstocking!
The heartwarming and funny picture books are written by Elina Hirvonen and illustrated by Mervi Lindman – 2 titles have been published thus far.

Request the full English pdfs for the Princess Rascal series by clicking here!

ABOUT THE SERIES:

#1 PRINCESS RASCAL is a picture book about a little girl who knows her mind and has a heart of gold, though sometimes it’s difficult to know the right thing to do. The book has been praised for its accurate and hilarious depictions of everyday life in a toddler family: sometimes parents get tired, too.

#2 PRINCESS RASCAL AND POTTY WORDS Princess Rascal starts pre-school. She’s nervous about her new mates and new teacher. Especially nervous she is about going to the toilet. When she uses toilet words in a completely wrong situation, she’s sure that she is the most embarrassing girl in the world. But a solution for the problem can be found in her secret treasure chest.

“If your child can’t stop laughing at potty words, then this book is the best Christmas present.
The book made such an impression on the 5-year old in our family that it was read dozens of times a day for a week…. And in the starring role is Princess Rascal’s stunning imagination that rescues her from trouble!”

– Janica Vilen, Turun Seutusanomat newspaper, Finland on PRINCESS RASCAL AND POTTY WORDS

MISS SWIFT’S WEIRD AND WONDERFUL HOUSE
Neiti Kymenen ihmeellinen talo,
Otava, July 2020, 250 pp.
Ages 7+

Rights sold:

FINLAND:
Otava (orig.)

 

 

PRINCESS RASCAL SERIES:

Prinsessa Rämäpää
Tammi, 2017 42pp
Prinsessa Rämäpää ja vessasanat
Tammi, 2019 42pp

Rights sold:

FINLAND:
Tammi (orig.)

DENMARK:
Gads Forlag
LITHUANIA:
Nieko Rimto

Elina Hirvonen


Elina Hirvonen is an author of adults’ and children’s prose, a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has written four highly acclaimed adults’ novels that are at the same time tragic and beautiful. She is also known for her picture book series Princess Rascal, and she is currently writing a middle-grade trilogy – the first book of the series, Julia & P.A.L. will be published in fall 2020.

She has received Kalevi Jäntti Prize, and Nuori Aleksis Prize and has been nominated for Finlandia Prize and Debut Prize.

Magdalena Hai


Magdalena Hai is a lover of cross genre fiction and all things strange, and her fiction often combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror. Besides writing Hai teaches writing and is an active member and editor in the publishing co-operative Osuuskumma.

Mervi Lindman


Mervi Lindman (b.1971) is a much-loved illustrator whose cheerful artworks have been published in 15 different countries to date. Lindman’s illustrations have been regularly appraised by critics and public alike, and she has received several grants to support her art work.

Teemu Juhani


Teemu Juhani (born 1987) is a Finnish illustrator, comic artist and graphic designer whose  illustrations have been published in picture books and children's fiction in 20 countries, including Finland, UK, US, Germany and China. 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 and works in Helsinki. He grew up reading comics, holding pencil in his hand and dreaming of superhuman powers. Teemu has studied graphic design and illustration at Karelia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Academie Minerva in the Netherlands

MINI SCIENCE series sold to Turkey! Announcing the 2nd title in the series: MINI SCIENCE: INVISIBLE WORLD!

We are very happy to announce that Yapi Kredi Publishing has acquired the Turkish rights for the first 2 titles in the MINI SCIENCE non-fiction picture book series: WHERE ARE YOU and INVISIBLE WORLD!


MINI SCIENCE is a new nonfiction series for the smallest in the family. It feeds curiosity and is designed to start conversations about different topics that children might not think about on their own.


Introducing: MINI SCIENCE #2: INVISIBLE WORLD

In the second title of Mini Science series – INVISIBLE WORLD – the adorable Plop will discover the things one cannot see: electricity, garden in the fog, darkness, micro-organisms and other invisible things.

When Plop will get sick, he will learn about bacteria and viruses and how to avoid them. Vaccinations can seem scary, but they keep us healthy!
Sometimes it’s better to stay home, even if this makes you bored, so that soon you could go discovering the Dark Side of The Moon!

We have full English text for the second title and also some illustration samples and a cover.

Ask for the Full English materials for both MINI SCIENCE titles by clicking here.


MINI SCIENCE: WHERE ARE YOU?

This picture book has already been recently acquired by Klidarithmos in Greece and Avita in Estonia and soon will be published in 4 territories!

In Where Are You? we follow Plop, a little creature who guides us through space to the Earth and from there to the human DNA and finally to the world of atoms. Zooming in all the way from the enormities of space to the minisculness of atoms, we learn a great deal in between.

MINI SCIENCE #1: WHERE ARE YOU

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
ESTONIA: Avita
GREECE: Klidarithmos
TURKEY: Yapi Kredi Publishing

 

MINI SCIENCE #2: INVISIBLE WORLD

Rights sold:
FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
TURKEY: Yapi Kredi Publishing

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.

Sanna Pelliccioni


Sanna Pelliccioni is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children’s author living in Helsinki with her Finnish-Italian family. Pelliccioni illustrates with a lot of techniques, in mean time her favourite is collage and mixed techniques. She studied arts, illustration and graphic design in Bologna and in the University of Macerata, Italy and in Pekka Halonen Institute in Finland.

She loves illustrating picture books and poems and making graphic design for book covers and her own books. She also writes for children and young people and concerning the themes of books she’s especially interested in equality, indigenous people, myths and taboos, forest and nature. Pelliccioni is mostly known for her Onni-poika picture book series which started in 2007 and contains 15 books so far.

​Pelliccioni collaborates with authors writing for children and young people and works with many Finnish editors. Some of her books are translated to Chinese, Corean, Arabic, English and Swedish, soon also in Turkish and Estonian.

Celebrate the summer with LITTLE MOUSE! Read the interview with the author and illustrator Riikka Jäntti!

Little Mouse is a picture book series for ages 2+ that has already six wonderful titles!

Little Mouse – as many children its age – has strong opinions and a busy schedule of his own that a single mother Mummy Mouse has to come to terms with.

This is a wonderful picture book series that has this year sold already to 12 territories – from France to Nepal, From Russia to Australia!

The rights are still available in Germany, Sweden, the US, Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland etc.


Click here to ask for full English pdf’s for LITTLE MOUSE series.


INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR RIIKKA JÄNTTI!

The author and illustrator of the series – Riikka Jäntti – was recently interviewed by a publisher Dea Oidekivi, from the Estonian LITTLE MOUSE publisher Rahva Raamat.

LITTLE MOUSE series is a hit in Estonia. Read the lovely interview below:

By the end of last month Rahva Raamat Publishing House in Estonia published a new edition of Riikka Jäntti’s Little Mouse adventures in Estonia, VÄIKE HIIR SÕIDAB MAALE.
It recieved a warm welcome from Estonian readers and sparked some interest about the work process and the characters. Fortunately, the author was so kind to explain us the inspiring process.
Dea Oidekivi (Rahva Raamat): First of all, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Could you please explain to our young readers how you became an illustrator? Is it something that you always wanted to do? Did you have any influences when you were still a child?

Riikka Jäntti: I have been drawing and painting since I was born. My parents put a pencil in my hand when I was a baby, and when I was a child I spent a lot of time drawing, and then when I learned to write, writing. I have always loved books, so I guess I had this secret hope to get to do something with books when I grow up.
When there was a question of what to study after school, the art school was a natural choice. I don’t know if I ever really decided to become an illustrator, it’s more like something that just happened.

DO: It’s quite common to use animals in children’s’ books. Still, not all the authors master the simple yet captivating plot interesting both for children and grown-ups. How did the idea of a little mouse come into your mind?

RJ: Little Mouse came into my mind when my own daughter was about three years old. I had done some illustrations for a book, where there had been some nice little mouse-characters. I liked drawing mouses, so I first did some small cartoons about my daughter as a mouse. Then I thought of a book. I showed the first sketches to the publisher and they loved it! My father then said that I should keep the stories as truthful as I could, and be as honest as I can. No fairy tales, there is real life, he said. I did my best.

DO: There are six books altogether, two of them published in Estonia already. Was it your original plan to create a bestselling series or is it something that just happened?

RJ: There are now six books, and number seven is in the making. My publisher was so happy with the first book, that they asked me to make another one, and then again another one, and so on. I promised them that I will try making them as long as there are good ideas to work with. My daughter is now nine years old already, so she is no longer a little mouse, but she is still a great inspiration.

DO: The characters of the mouse books are all very relatable for children. It’s very graciously done and we believe the series is very relatable for many parents as well. Some of our young readers have asked why is there only a Mommy Mouse and where is Daddy Mouse? Is the single-parent household in the book something you planned from the start?

RJ: Being a single mother myself, that was a natural choice. The stories and ideas are all from our own everyday life, and I like to keep things in the books so close to reality as I can. Of course, there can be a little humor and fantasy too. To the readers: Yes, there is a Daddy Mouse, but he lives far away at the other side of town and doesn’t have a part in the stories. The journey to the cabin to pick berries was a real event, and yes, there was an outdoor toilet.

DO: It sometimes happens that foreign publishers want to make some adjustments for their target audience. Even I, for an example, requested to change the font on behalf of Estonian readers (thank you for granting it, it’s a hit!)  Little Mouse series has been sold to many different countries. What kind of changes have other publishers asked for?

RJ: Well, the first and probably the most important adjustment was, when the books were first sold to England, that they had to decide the gender of Little Mouse. Was it ’he’ or ’she’. Because in the Finnish language, there is no difference, it could be either. I never had really thought of which one is it, boy or girl. I think at first I thought of a girl because I have a daughter myself. But then we decided that in the English version it will be ’he’.

DO: And just to keep the questions short – we would like to know, which of the 6 books is your favorite?

RJ: The latest work is usually closest to my heart, so at the moment my favorite is book number six, Little Mouse’s Summer. I’m gradually getting more and more into book seven, but it’s still in progress.

The interview was conducted by Dea Oidekivi (Publisher, Rahva Raamat).
Publishers kindly thank the author for her time and interesting answers. They eagerly wait to publish all the additional books and wish the LITTLE MOUSE to conquer the world. 🙂

Rights sold for the series:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

AUSTRALIA:
Scribble/Scribe
CHINA: 
Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK:
ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: 
Rahva Raamat
FRANCE:
Carbourakis
NEPAL:
Kathalaya
NEW ZEALAND:
Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL:
Harper Collins Iberica
RUSSIA:
Lenizdat
SPAIN (Spanish):
Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan):
Harper Collins Iberica
UK: Scribble/Scribe

Riikka Jäntti


Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China!

In her illustrations, she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first-ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Bibliography


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Goes Camping

2021, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Summer

2020, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Winter

2019, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Holiday

2018, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse's Christmas

2017, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse Helps Out

2016, Picture Books (0-3 Years)


Riikka Jäntti

Little Mouse

2015, Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Related news

2 new children’s deals: WHERE ARE YOU to Greece and HOW TO GREET AN ALIEN to Latvia!

We are very happy to announce 2 new children’s deals this week!

 

WHERE ARE YOU – the adorable 1st title from MINI SCIENCE series by Laura Ertimo has been acquired by Klidarithmos in Greece. The title has previously been acquired by Avita in Estonia.

WHERE ARE YOU is an exceptional picture book for very small children showing the fundamental meanings of the natural world beginning from the gigantic planet earth and reaching the tiny atoms. Plop is such a lovable character! Children can relate to the hand-made illustrations.
 – Asimina Giannopoulou, Editor-In-Chief, Klidarithmos Publications, Greece

Ask for the Full English pdf for WHERE ARE YOU by clicking here.


HOW TO GREET AN ALIEN by Petri Tamminen now has the first international publisher  – Latvijas Mediji in Latvia. The picture book helps children overcome anxiety and make new friends.

HOW TO GREET AN ALIEN is a fun, unusual and at the same time clever book for both children and their parents. With a humorous attitude it teaches how to overcome fears from strangers, how to accept the difference, cope with unpleasant feelings and uncomfortable situations. It is a great pleasure that this book will now be published in Latvia.
– Gunta Apse, Editor, Latvijas Mediji publishing, Latvia

Ask for the Full English pdf for HOW TO GREET AN ALIEN by clicking here.

WHERE ARE YOU

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Minerva (orig.)
ESTONIA: Avita
GREECE: Klidarithmos

 

HOW TO GREET AN ALIEN

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Karisto (orig.)
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji

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.

Petri Tamminen


Petri Tamminen is a Finnish author best known for his laconic humor and short stories, and 6 novels. How to greet an alien is his first book for children. Tamminen often writes about shame and shyness, and he isn’t afraid to use his own life as an example.

Sanna Pelliccioni


Sanna Pelliccioni is a Finnish illustrator, graphic designer and children’s author living in Helsinki with her Finnish-Italian family. Pelliccioni illustrates with a lot of techniques, in mean time her favourite is collage and mixed techniques. She studied arts, illustration and graphic design in Bologna and in the University of Macerata, Italy and in Pekka Halonen Institute in Finland.

She loves illustrating picture books and poems and making graphic design for book covers and her own books. She also writes for children and young people and concerning the themes of books she’s especially interested in equality, indigenous people, myths and taboos, forest and nature. Pelliccioni is mostly known for her Onni-poika picture book series which started in 2007 and contains 15 books so far.

​Pelliccioni collaborates with authors writing for children and young people and works with many Finnish editors. Some of her books are translated to Chinese, Corean, Arabic, English and Swedish, soon also in Turkish and Estonian.

Valpuri Kerttula


Valpuri Kerttula is a Finnish illustrator and designer based in Lahti, Finland. In addition to diverse domestic work, her art is also being published internationally. Valpuri is known for her quirky and humorous characters of oddball humans and animals.

Second deal for THE ISLAND OF LOST ANIMALS! MARESI is now sold to 25 territories!

We are very happy to announce that Lithuanian publisher Aukso pieva has now acquired the rights for THE ISLAND OF LOST ANIMALS by Pasi Pitkänen.
The captivating picture book is a vibrant adventure story with illustrations for young readers and fans of The Jungle BookTarzan and Where the Wild Things Are.

Previously, the title was acquired by Hunan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House in China, all other international rights are still available!

Request the full English PDF for THE ISLAND OF LOST ANIMALS by clicking here.


We also cannot be happier to also announce that  MARESI by Maria Turtschaninoff has now been sold to 25 territories!
The Albanian rights were now bought by Dritan. Rights were also recently acquired in Azerbaijan by Alatoran and Bulgaria by Izida.

This bestselling YA title has sold to already 25 territories, but the rights are still available in Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Lithuania, Slovenia,  Japan, Portugal, Croatia and in many other countries. See the rights sold list on the right.

MARESI is the first title in The Red Abbey Chronicles and an international feature film is under development by Film4/The Bureau.
MARESI RED MANTLE, book 3 in the trilogy,  was awarded earlier this month the 2020 Global Literature in Libraries Translated Book Prize, as the best translated book of the year!

Request the full English PDFs for the trilogy by clicking here.


FILI TRANSLATION GRANTS REMINDER!

Don’t forget to apply for FILI translation grants this week before Friday 1st of May 23:59.
FILI Translation grant can cover 50-70% of your translation costs from Finnish.
All applications that meet the grant criteria are guaranteed at least 50% grant towards translation costs. Picture books can also get a grant up to 1000€ towards their printing cost.

Read more and apply here.

See all of our Spring 2020 Children’s titles here


THE ISLAND OF LOST ANIMALS
by Pasi Pitkänen

Mathias takes his little sister Jenny to the circus for her birthday. Jenny adores lions; she has dressed up in a lion costume for the occasion and is invited in to the circus ring to pet a lion cub. Suddenly, a monstrous creature bursts through the roof of the circus tent, seizing the lion cub and Jenny!

Mathias and the lion cub’s dad set off on a rescue mission, far across the sea to a mysterious jungle island that is home to weird and wonderful creatures. But can Jenny and the lion cub be there too? And why are the island’s inhabitants so peculiar?

A captivating, vibrant adventure story with illustrations for young readers and fans of The Jungle BookTarzan and Where the Wild Things Are.


THE RED ABBEY CHRONICLES
by Maria Turtschaninoff

The Red Abbey is a refuge for women and girls, where everyone pursues their own areas of interest. Maresi prefers to spend her time reading and learning.
Everything changes when the frightened Jai arrives on the island. She has seen her sister get buried alive for speaking to a young man, and her father and a crew of thugs are after her. Maresi and her friends have to fight to defend both Jai and their community.

THE ISLAND OF LOST ANIMALS
Rights sold:

FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)

CHINA:Hunan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
LITHUANIA: Aukso pieva

 

RED ABBEY CHRONICLES
Rights sold or the series:

Original publisher: FINLAND, Schildts & Söderströms (Book 1)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Förlaget (Books 2-3)

ALBANIA: Dritan (Book 1)
AZERBAIJAN: Alatoran (Book 1)
BELGIUM, Clavis (Book 1-2)
BRAZIL, Morro Branco (Books 1-3)
BULGARIA, Izida (Books 1-3)
CANADA (French), Editions de la Bagnole (Book 1)
CHINA (Simplified), Shanghai 99 (Books 1-3)
DENMARK, Turbine (Book 1)
ESTONIA, Varrak (Book 1-2)
FINLAND, Tammi (Books 1-2)
FRANCE, Rageot (Books 1-2)
GERMANY, Random House/Heyne (Book 1)
HUNGARY, Scolar (Books 1-3)
ITALY, Atmosphere Libri (Books 1-3)
LATVIA, Petergailis (Book 1-2)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
WORLD SPANISH, Penguin Random House/Alfaguara (Book 1)
SWEDEN, Berghs (Books 1-2)
TURKEY, Altın Kitaplar (Book 1)
UNITED KINGDOM, Pushkin Press (Books 1-3)
UNITED STATES, Abrams (Books 1-3)

FILM, Film4