Little Mouse Series
by Riikka Jäntti
Adorable picture book series about a little mouse and his everyday adventures.
- Rights sold in 12 territories!
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.
NEW: 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.
“English readers will see something of Beatrix Potter’s poetry and precision in the Helsinki-based illustrator and author’s retro ink and watercolour illustrations. Pitched at children aged up to four, Little Mouse will also delight parents, taking them back to when every day was an adventure.” – William Yeoman, The Weekend West
“This is a universal story for mamas and their children; you’ll both be nodding in sympathy and laughing at such familiarity!” – My Little Bookcase blog
“Riikka Jäntti’s book is full of humor and warmth; she has a great understanding of the way in which a small child wants to make his own decisions, even if the child’s agenda conflicts with grown-up rules. Every child aged two and up can identify with Little Mouse.” – Flemming Møldrup, Publisher, ABC Forlag
”[The] retro ink and watercolour images give the story a classic feel.” – The Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Reading Time website
”But the real charm of this book lies in the delightful expressiveness of Jäntti’s illustrations, with each cheeky grin or sulky pout bringing Little Mouse to life for young and old.” – Buzzwords magazine
“Beautifully illustrated … put together with enormous charm. I rather want to be invited to Little Mouse’s Christmas.” – Alex O’Connell, The Times
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
CHINA: Beijing Yuntu Tech
DENMARK: ABC Forlag
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
NEW ZEALAND: Scribble/Scribe
PORTUGAL: Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Spanish): Harper Collins Iberica
SPAIN (Catalan): Harper Collins Iberica
#1 PRINSESSÄ RÄMÄPÄÄN TALVITAIKA
Tammi 2017, 42 pp.
#2 PRINSESSA RÄMÄPÄÄ JA VESSASANAT
Tammi, 2019, 42 pp.
Princess Rascal Series
by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Mervi Lindman
Princess Rascal is a spirited and resourceful little girl with a great imagination, like the kid sister of Pippi Longstocking!
#1 Princess Rascal
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.
”Absolutely the best kind of literary peer support for parents for a long time.” – Lukuloikka.com
“Princess Rascal is on the other hand a light and goofy book with toilet humor to entertain little listeners. Mervi Lindman’s illustrations are wonderfully expressive and fit the story excellently!” – Lue meille äitikulta blog
#1 KAMALA KUTITUSPULVERI
WSOY 2019, 60 pp.
#2 HAMPAAT HUKASSA
WSOY 2019, 60 pp.
#3 HIRVEÄ JUMIMIES
WSOY Summer 2020, 60 pp.
The Little Shop of Nightmares Series
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani
Hilarious horror for younger middle-grade! Nine-year-old Nina does not get scared easily, but when she starts her job at the Little Shop of Nightmares she meets a bunch of weird characters – and befriends them!
- Super success: rights sold in 13 territories!
Nina is a is a clever, 9-year-old girl who goes to work in the Little Shop of Nightmares. During the course of the trilogy, she has to solve a mystery with tickling powder, find the lost teeth of a vampire and discover the reason why suddenly it just doesn’t stop snowing. The Little Shop of Nightmares is a mystery full of fascinating and fun characters that make young readers both wonder and laugh!
#1 THE TERRIBLE TICKLING POWDER
When Nina, 9 years 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 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 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 vampire Lucas to 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…
NEW: #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 stopping their every effort to stop the snowing inside.
“The Little Shop of Nightmares takes the reader straight into a fantastic world where everything can happen. And it does! It’s scary, funny and entertaining. Lots of wonderful details and interesting characters. That’s where every child wants to be!” – Lindy Andersen, Fontini Forlag, Norway
FINLAND: WSOY (orig.)
CZECH REPUBLIC: Euromedia
DENMARK: Vild Maskine
ESTONIA: Postimees Publishing
GERMANY: Egmont Schneiderbuch
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji
NETHERLANDS: De Vier Windstreken
RUSSIA: Kompas Guide
ROMANIA: Editura Univers
Mabel Merryweather and the Miniature Pirates
by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani
Supergranny, singing rooster, and mischievous mini pirates! Fast and funny new middle grade mystery series
- by a Finnish children’s book author who loves Roald Dahl and crazy stories!
Nick and Lilly’s visit to their rule-loving, child-hating uncle turns into an adventure as the children get to know their exiting, eccentric neighbor: Mabel Merryweather. Mabel and her friends are preparing for a flower arrangement competition, when the town is hit by a jeweler thief. Nick, Lilly and Mabel have their own problems as Mabel’s decorative miniature pirates have come to live and are rummaging through the backyards. And what happened to the main judge of the competition – a pop singer Monika who disappeared in the same day? Something must be done to bring peace and order back to the town of Dalton.
SALMANTERIN TERTTU JA HUIJAREIDEN KUNINGAS
Otava, 2020, 140 pp.
English sample & synopsis
Mabel Merryweather and the King of Thieves
by Noora Kunnas, illustrated by Teemu Juhani
The wild gang is back! Nick, Lilly, Supergranny Mabel and her speaking rooster face a new enemy: an art hustler. Second book of a new middle grade mystery series!
The town of Dalton is celebrating a local children’s poet’s 140th anniversary, and everyone is dressed up as a character from a poem. But amongst the happy people there’s also a gentleman thief who has terrorized art museums all spring. Through many mistakes and misunderstandings Nick and Lilly help the police to catch a thief – and to teach a lesson to a grumpy literary critic.
JULIA JA PEHMOELÄINTEN MAAILMANNEUVOSTO
Tammi, September 2020, 250 pp.
English sample & synopsis
Julia & P.A.L. The Plush Animal League series
by Elina Hirvonen, illustrated by Nadja Sarell
Toy Story meets the Avengers! The first part of the new exciting middle-grade series where plush animals have super powers.
More than anything else, Julia, 10 years, wishes that somebody would like her. She can explain the structure of the universe, but has no idea how to talk to her classmates. What she doesn’t know is that she already has her very own best friend – her toy bunny Buck, who in reality is a top-secret agent of the Plush Animal League (P.A.L.).
The P.A.L. headquarters is located in outer space where the agents follow children through their monitor, ready to act immediately when their child needs help. And Julia does! Buck turns Julia’s bed into a magic flying spacecraft and takes her on a ride through space and time. Buck wants to show Julia that the same things that make her feel out of place among her classmates now, are her unique character strengths that will make her happy and loved in the future. But the P.A.L. has an enemy: The Soldiers of Vombat, an army of forgotten toys. They plot to overtake Plush Animal League and control children’s actions and wishes. Julia finds out that she is the only one who can stop the evil plan!
COMING SOON: Book 2 coming in Fall 2021!
Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House
by Magdalena Hai, illustrated by Teemu Juhani
Twelve monkeys, a matador ghost and tigers in the garden – Miss Swift’s house has everything imaginable, except people. But why does she have three bedrooms ready for children?
Miss Swift lives happily alone in an extraordinary house. And she is not completely alone, she has twelve monkeys, some garden tigers and one ghost to keep her company. But when a little boy appears on her doorstep, before Miss Swift even notices it Pekka and his two cousins are rummaging through her house, looking for their missing beast. And if there’s anything Miss Swift despises in this world it is children.
But why does the house have so many bedrooms? And why are the children feeling so home at Miss Swifts house? Is there something she could have forgotten? Miss Swift’s Weird and Wonderful House is a new fantasy story for middle-grade readers full of funny details and fast-paced events. Teemu Juhani’s illustrations bring the house and its eccentric characters to life.
Agnes and the Garden of Dreams
by Tuutikki Tolonen, illustrated by Kati Vuorento
Weird dreams, mysterious graveyard and hidden keys – Agnes has to follow the clues to solve a long forgotten family mystery.
- A new middle-grade mystery series by Tuutikki Tolonen, author of Monster Nanny series – sold to 24 territories
Everything began on that one summer day when Agnes enters through the cemetery gate. She had just moved to a boring new town and left behind her old home and friends. But then something weird happens and her life becomes more exciting than ever!
She finds a tombstone that has the name Agnes on it – and the same birthday as hers! Starting from that day Agnes keeps having dreams of a girl who hides a key in a beautiful garden. And when Agnes stumbles upon the same garden, she knows she must find the key. But what will it open?
COMING SOON: Book 2 to be published in Spring 2021!
Tammi 2015, 300 pp.
Tammi 2016, 285 pp.
Tammi 2020, 250 pp.
Book 1: English edition
Book 2-3: English sample & synopsis
Monster Nanny Trilogy
by Tuutikki Tolonen
The Monstrous Mary Poppins – international bestseller for middle-grade
- Rights sold in 29 territories!
- A feature film in development by Scott Free Productions with Animal Logics Entertainment attached
#1 Monster Nanny
The Hellman children have been sent a nanny to look after them while their mother is at a spa. The only problem? Their nanny is a monster.
Grah is hairy, dusty, and doesn’t talk. When the siblings discover that other neighborhood kids have been left with similar creatures, they start to wonder where the monsters came from. With the parents away, the kids work together (between bickering) to figure
out the mystery of the monsters.
#2 Monster Route
Mimi, 6 years old, has snuck into the monsters’ underground world after her monster friend Grah. She
travels in their tunnels, led by the odd gate keeper. Back at home, Koby and Halley put their heads together and manage to get in touch with Mimi. But who is the mysterious and frightening ruler of the monster world?
#3 Monster Message
The Hellman kids face new troubles. Mom and Dad want to move into a bigger home on the other side of the city. When Mimi finds crumpled leaves with strange markings in her room, they look like messages from underground, but who’s delivering them and why? And why does the gate keeper of the underground world appear in their bathroom?
”The upbeat tone, oddball details, and Pitkänen’s humorous b&w cartoons combine to create a strange but entertaining romp that will surprise readers at every turn.” – Publishers Weekly, USA
“The first in a trilogy, Tuutikki’s book won the Arvid Lydecken prize in Finland and will have wide appeal among young readers. Within its pages, children outsmart adults, sense the vulnerable emotions of the monsters, and come to depend upon themselves and new friends. Loose-lined ink illustrations add extra humor to this imaginative fantasy, and plentiful dialogue makes it prime for reading aloud.” — Booklist
“…a diverting and different read-aloud.” — Kirkus
“This riddle-filled story is original, touching, incredible.” 4.5/5 stars — Livresse des Livres blog, France
FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)
AUSTRALIA: Allen & Unwin
BRAZIL, DarkSide Books
CHINA, Beijing Children’s Publishing House
CZECH REPUBLIC, Portál
FRANCE, Editions Robert Laffont
GERMANY, Carl Hanser Verlag
HUNGARY, Tessloff Babilon
ITALY, Salani/Mauri Spagnol
LITHUANIA: Nieko Rimto
NEW ZEALAND: Allen & Unwin
NORWAY, Gyldendal Norsk
OCEANIA: Allen & Unwin
PORTUGAL, Asa Editiones/Leya
SLOVENIA, Mladinska knjiga
SPAIN (Spanish), La Galera
SPAIN (Catalan), La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TURKEY, SEV Redhouse Kidz
VIETNAM, Nha Nam
WORLD ENGLISH, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
FILM RIGHTS, Scott Free Productions
A Beautiful Day to Die
by Veera Salmi
Isra has decided to die. But before that she needs to complete a rescue mission! Embark on a road trip with Isra, her friend Leo, 900 euros and a stolen sky-blue Hyundai.
- By a bestselling author of over 20 children’s books
Leo and Isra are not the most popular kids of their high school. They don’t have high expectations, and nobody expects much of them. So why not take a break from school – and a break from life, and try to do something meaningful before it’s all too late?
Funny, realistic and tragic story of teenagers who don’t know what they want, and are tired of trying to figure it out on their own.
by Salla Simukka
Nobody should be punished for crimes they didn’t commit. What about crimes they were going to commit in the future?
- A new YA title by Salla Simukka, the author of Snow White trilogy which sold to 52 territories!
Detained has received raving reviews in Finland’s biggest daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. The critic compares the themes of the book to Steven Spielberg’s Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, and HBO hit show Westworld.
“Simukka writes the story with confidence and is psychologically attentive. Once again her novel earns a place as the best of Finnish YA.”
“In the novel fifty young people are imprisoned for crimes they may commit in the future. Unlike in the Minority Report, the future is not foreseen by mutants, but is based on probability calculations. Of the fifty teenagers we get to follow five: Kaspian, Oliver, Johannes, Meea, and Vega. The focus is in their past, their values and thoughts.”
“Each one is given an opportunity to figure out their future crimes, and confess them before they turn 18. Simukka effortlessly describes teens from very different backgrounds, and the LGBTQIA+ themes are strongly represented.”
Review quotes: Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, July 2020, Arla Kanerva
Schildts & Söderströms 2014, 180 pp.
Förlaget 2016, 400 pp.
#3 BREVEN FRÅN MARESI, Förlaget 2018, 300 pp.
The Red Abbey Chronicles
by Maria Turtschaninoff
The Red Abbey Chronicles is a historically-inspired feminist fantasy saga, aimed at young adult audiences.
- Rights sold in 27 territories!
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.
An independent prequel to Maresi, Naondel tells the story of the First Sisters – founders of the Red Abbey.
Imprisoned in a harem by a dangerous man with a dark magic that grants him power over life and death, the women must overcome their mistrust of each other in order to escape. But they can only do so at great costs, both for those who leave and those left behind.
#3 Maresi: Red Mantle
The third book is an epistolary novel that follows Maresi after she leaves the Red Abbey to establish a school in her oppressed home province of Rovas. The return to her Northern home, and fitting in, is not easy even with all the knowledge she’s bringing with her, but she is determined to triumph over the difficulties. However, she does not need to make it alone, for life has yet another surprise in store: love.
“Maresi stands out for its startling originality, and for the frightening plausibility of the dangerous world it creates” – Rebecca Hawkes, Telegraph
“It’s rare to find a YA fantasy with such polished writing… Utterly satisfying and completely different” – Booklist, starred review
“Dark, powerful and original… it really stands out in a very crowded YA marketplace. Thrilling, suspenseful and gloriously feminist”- The Bookseller
“Beautifully written… Maresi has a touch of Katniss about her, and although the target market is different, female lovers of dystopian fantasy adventures will enjoy the journey” – The School Librarian
“It’s hard not to be impressed with Turtschaninoff’s magical world”
– The Times
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)
CROATIA, Naklada ljevak (Book 1)
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)
LITHUANIA, Aukso Pieva (Book 1)
NETHERLANDS, Clavis (Book 1-2)
NORWAY, Gursli Berg Forlag (Books 1-3)
POLAND, Wydawnictwo Debit (Books 1-3)
ROMANIA, Editura Univers (Book 1)
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, The Bureau/Film4
#1 PUNAINEN KUIN VERI
Tammi 2013, 240 pp.
#2 VALKOINEN KUIN LUMI,
Tammi 2013, 240 pp.
#3 MUSTA KUIN EEBENPUU, Tammi 2014, 250 pp.
Snow White Trilogy
by Salla Simukka
International bestseller that is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that chills to the bone, and
not just because of the icy winter setting.
- Rights sold in 52 territories!
- Hollywood TV SHOW in development by Zerogravity
#1 As Red As Blood
It’s the coldest winter in decades: the streets of Tampere are frozen and white with snow. And nothing is as red against white snow as blood… 17-year-old Lumikki Andersson goes to a high school of performing arts. She has made it a rule to stay out of things that do not involve her.
However, the rule is put to the test on leap day when she finds washed five hundred euro notes hung to dry in her school’s darkroom. Soon Lumikki finds herself caught in a tangled web of international drug trafficking.
#2 As White As Snow
Lumikki Andersson is backpacking in Prague, where the weather is scorching hot. A girl approaches her in a small café and claims to be her step sister. Lumikki’s parents seem to be hiding a secret concerning the family’s past, so the girl’s claim rouses Lumikki’s interest. Despite her erratic behaviour, the girl manages to persuade Lumikki to join a religious community. But the religion of the cult is not pure; and innocence is not as white as snow…
#3 As Black As Ebony
Lumikki Andersson is set to play the leading role in a modern-day version of Snow White at her high school. As opening night approaches, Lumikki starts receiving notes from a secret admirer whose infatuation soon turns out to be a dangerous obsession. The admirer threatens to turn the premiere into a bloodbath unless Lumikki consents to his demands.
Time is running out, the opening night is just around the corner and Lumikki has to find a way to outwit the stalker with a soul
as black as ebony.
“Limned in stark red, white, and black, this cold, delicate snowflake of a tale sparkles with icy magic.” —Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
“Simukka creates a tough, self-sufficient heroine in seventeen-year-old Lumikki Andersson in this first book in the Snow White Trilogy…Fans of Nesbø and Larsson won’t be disappointed.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
“[A] YA novel in the tradition of Nordic noir—edgy crime novels set in frigid lands.” —Booklist (Starred Review)
“A compelling start, a strong female character, the rich background setting of Finland, and a hint of a Snow White retelling are highlights of this work.” —School Library Journal
“The Arctic setting of this import is used to full advantage, evoking a chilling mood and strewing genuine frigid weather obstacles in Lumikki’s way…The first entry in Simukka’s Snow White trilogy will tempt mystery readers back for more.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
FINLAND, Tammi (orig.)
ALBANIA, Botime B-Books
ARAB WORLD, Arab Scientific
ARGENTINA, Nuevo Extremo
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BTC Sahinpasic
BRAZIL, Novo Conceito
CANADA (French), Hachette Livre
CATALAN, La Galera
CHINA, Modern Press
CZECH REPUBLIC, Egmont
FAROE ISLANDS, Bókadeildin
FRANCE, Hachette Livre
GEORGIA, Bakur Sulakauri
INDONESIA, Gramedia/Bhuana Ilmu Populer
KOREA, Gimm Young
LITHUANIA, Alma Littera
MACEDONIA, Bata Press
MALAYSIA, Buku Fixi
MONTENEGRO, BTC Sahinpasic
SPAIN, La Galera
SWEDEN, Rabén & Sjögren
TAIWAN, Emily Publishing
THAILAND, Nanmee Books
TURKEY, Altin Kitaplar
UNITED KINGDOM & COMMONWEALTH, Hot Key Books
UNITED STATES & CANADA, Crown Books for Young Readers
VIETNAM, Alpha Books
#1 PIKKUTIETO: MISSÄ SINÄ OLET?
Minerva, March 2020, 20 pp.
#2 PIKKUTIETO: MENNÄÄN PIILOON
Karisto 2021, 20 pp.
#1 – Full English PDF
#2 – Full English text, illustration samples
Mini Science Series
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Sanna Pelliccioni
New science series for the smallest in the family
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.
#1 WHERE ARE YOU
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.
#2 INVISIBLE WORLD
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 well-hidden 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!
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu
This book answers children’s tough questions about climate change, and explains how we can all fight against it.
- Rights sold to 14 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!
FINLAND: Into Kustannus (orig.)
HUNGARY: Ciceró Könyvstúdió
ITALY: Mondadori/Edizioni Piemme
MEXICO: (Latin American Spanish rights): Ordinal Books
SWEDEN: Rabén & Sjögren
UNITED STATES (North America) Skyhorse Publishing/Sky Pony Press
LUMOTUN MAAN KARTASTO
Kustantamo S&S April 2020, 64 pp.
The Enchanted Planet Earth
by Laura Ertimo, illustrated by Satu Kontinen
10 stories told through 10 maps — and the maps are like you’ve never seen before!
There is a planet where plants plan world domination. Where beasts are good, and trees live for thousands of years, collecting memories in their bark. This enchanted place is Earth.
The Enchanted Planet Earth is a non-fiction book for both children and adults alike. It explores our own planet through 10 stories and 10 maps, mixing fairy tales and fact in a magical, almost mystical way. The stories provide a context where adults and kids can discuss environmental issues and changes on our planet, while the maps encourage the reader to study the world with eyes of enchantment and wonder. In this unique atlas, no story is complete without a map, but all maps are stories as such.
”The basic idea of this non-fiction book is familiar as such: it presents life on Earth, its history and some of the threats it’s facing.
The text is interesting and runs smoothly, but the illustrations give the book surprising, original and even lyrical tones. For example, ”A Map of What Hides in Deep Waters” tingles one’s imagination with its facts presented as if they were poetry. This gorgeous ensemle brings illustration and text together in a way that makes it pointless to categorise it for any particular age group.”
– Helsingin Sanomat newspaper, Finland
“Enchanted Planet Earth (Kustantamo S&S, 2020) is Laura Ertimo’s and Satu Kontinen’s gorgeous non-fiction book for children. It combines fairy tales and fact in a fascinating way and offers endless amounts of reading and exploring. The book has ten stories, each with a map. The maps are detailed and decorative. And what’s best, the maps are real.
They may not all be easy to perceive, but that is a part of the enchantment of the book. –– I recommend this gorgeous book to, for example, all map lovers. Though it might seem a bit challenging on the first browsing, don’t be quailed. Its stories will unfold! And oh, what a gorgeous world they do open up!”
– Hurlumhei, a teacher’s blog about family and pedagogy, Finland
“Author Laura Ertimo’s and illustrator Satu Kontinen’s latest book ‘Enchanted Planet Earth’ takes the reader on a journey on our miraculous planet. And miraculous is the book itself, too, such a beautiful reading experience, mystical even in some ways. My 12-year-old test reader said the same – his first words after the first browsing were “this is way different than a regular atlas”.”
– Mrs Eriksson’s Room, a librarian’s blog about family and literature, Finland
“Enchanted Planet Earth consists of ten completely different world maps.
Included are, for example, maps of winds, underwater regions and stories told of little folk. Each map begins with a fascinating text on its topic. The book is without a doubt a non-fiction book: everything is based on science of different fields. – – – Above all, this book is an art book: the maps don’t portray information as clearly, efficiently and boringly as possible. They are gorgeous. They are pieces of art. They bristle with information. Enchanted Planet Earth makes one burst with feelings for this Earth, teeming with life – that which is now, that which has been lost, and even that which is on the brink of extinction.– – –”
– sanataidesanoja.fi Oulu’s Children’s Cultural Centre blog, Finland