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Otava Publishing Company Ltd Otava Publishing Company Ltd is a major Finnish publishing house. Otava is a private, family-owned company with a history in book publishing going back to 1890. As a publisher of fiction for adults, children and young readers, the Otava Publishing Company is the market leader in Finland, respected for being a publisher of both literary masterpieces and commercial successes. Otava’s position as the market leader in books for children is the result of a long-term strategy and persistence in building the success of Finnish and foreign brand-name authors. We publish around 80 new titles per year from ages zero to young adult: picture books, fiction, non-fiction, humor, poems, comics, apps, e-books and many more. Finland’s greatest living children’s book author is Mauri Kunnas. To date, over 40 of his books have been published in 30 languages in 32 countries. In addition to our strong list of Finnish authors such as Mauri Kunnas, Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen and Siri Kolu, to name just a few, we publish a wide range of fiction for children and young readers by international authors including Rick Riordan, Cassandra Claire, Cornelia Funke, Markus Zusak, Kate DiCamillo, Neil Gaiman and Roald Dahl. Our Otava team is known for its loyalty, ambition and innovation, and we work with enthusiasm and commitment to high quality. We hope you will enjoy reading our books. www.otava.fi
Otava Group Agency Otava Group Agency (OGA) was founded in 2006. It represents foreign rights for Otava Publishing Company Ltd and Like Publishing Ltd. www.otava.fi/oga
OGA RIGHTS CATALOGUE 2013 CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS 4 FICTION FOR CHILDREN 10 FICTION FOR YOUNG READERS 15 COMICS 20 EDUTAINMENT 22
Two delightful accordion-fold books for the littlest members of the family! 12 pages / 130 x 130 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / March 2013 / 0+
12 pages / 130 x 130 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / March 2014 / 0+
Mauri Kunnas Mr Clutterbuck Is Sleeping
Mauri Kunnas Mr Clutterbuck Counts
(Herra Hakkarainen nukkuu)
(Herra Hakkarainen laskee)
Mr Clutterbuckâ€™s evening tasks as he gets ready for bed.
Learn numbers with Mr Clutterbuck.
Mila Teräs – Karoliina Pertamo Elli Gets Some Shuteye (Elli ja unenpää) ”Try and get some shuteye now”, Mommy says after finishing the bedtime story – but what is shuteye, wonders two-year-old Elli. An excerpt in English will be available 32 PAGES /184 X 237 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / MARCH 2013 / 2+
Mila Teräs (b. 1975) started off as a writer for young adults but has since also written for children. Karoliina Pertamo (b. 1971) has illustrated numerous books. ”Ambitious text can be written for little children as well”, noted the newspaper Lapin Kansa in its review of Elli and the Binky-Mouth.
Ninka Reittu Messi and the Mystery Cat (Messi ja mysteerikissa) When everything goes wrong – that’s where the adventure begins! And just when everything goes wrong, that’s when Messi the kitten meets Mystery, the cat that knows every thing and can do everything. An excerpt in English will be available APPROX. 40 PAGES / 210 X 255 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / OCTOBER 13 / 4+
Ninka Reittu (b. 1982) is an illustrator and artisan from the small town of Liperi in Eastern Finland. In addition to her illustration work, she also draws comic strips and teaches illustration in community art classes for children and teenagers in Joensuu. Ninka Reittu lives with her husband, who is a carpenter, in an old parsonage house and looks after a large flock of sheep and dogs.
32 PAGES / 230 X 290 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / AUGUST 2013 / 5+
Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen Tatu and Patu’s Odd Inventions through the Ages (Tatun ja Patun kummat keksinnöt kautta aikojen) Ideas from Oddsville can change world history! Here are 14 odd new gadgets and inventions from the Oddsville duo. When Tatu and Patu get their little grey cells humming, the results are some odd inventions that would have delighted people in past times. Like a Stone-Age messaging system controlled with mammoth teeth. Or a morning machine that takes care of make-up or mummification for ancient Egyptians. Tatu and Patu also design a school uniform for the future, which will make every pupil and their parents green with envy. An excerpt in English will be available
(Tikkumäen koirat) Iiris and her friends get a chance to take care of the cute new puppy at Star Hill Stables – and learn all kinds of important lessons about pet care.
APPROX. 40 PAGES / 225 X 235 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013 / 6+
Author Reetta Niemelä and illustrator Salla Savolainen’s previous children’s book Star Hill Stables (2011) was warmly received; rights have been sold to Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, and Sweden. This wonderful duo knows dogs and horses like the backs of their hands. An excerpt in English will be available
Reetta Niemelä – Salla Savolainen The Dogs of Star Hill Stables
Mauri Kunnas’ first picture book was published in 1975, marking the start of his spectacular career. In his spare time, Mauri Kunnas enjoys the Beatles, playing the guitar, films and history – as well as watching thunderstorms. His books have been translated into 30 languages.
Mauri Kunnas The Silly Picture Dictionary (Hullunkurinen kuvasanakirja) An easy, fun way to learn new words in English. Mauri Kunnas’ delightful illustrations encourage children to learn English vocabulary with the help of pictures. 48 pages / 230 x 290 mm / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / September 2013 / 6+
Veronica Lassenius Fungi – Getting Tails Wagging (Fungi – Pyrstöt pyörimään) 96 PAGES / 167 X 200 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / MAY 2013 / 6+
Frida and Max live alongside their neighbours in a very special underground block of flats called Fungi House. There are two stories in this book. The first is ‘Shake, shake’, in which Frida wants to learn some trendy new dance moves, but by the time she’s finally learnt them, a completely different dance is in style. In ‘The lady in the lake’, Frida makes up a story about seeing a mermaid in the water – and the story spreads throughout Fungi House as if it were true, generating a flood of tourists.
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The Fungi cartoon tales are created by Veronica Lassenius and Pablo Jordi and their Stor Fisk studio. The Fungi cartoon series has 26 episodes. There are plans for new cartoon episodes, as well as a possible film and a Fungi game. The Stor Fisk studio has won a number of awards and is also responsible for the Saari cartoon series, which has been sold to several countries. http://www.fungihouse.com/
Veera Salmi Pony and Puluboi’s Splash-Proof Book (Puluboin ja Ponin loisketiivis kilja) Illustrated by Emmi Jormalainen
Tum tiddly-um tum TUMMM! Puluboi is here again! Even though the beautiful princess in his videogame desperately needs help, Puluboi has to interrupt his game and go with Pony (in reality, a girl called Mai) to save Poni’s father. He has gone off to an island with a lighthouse in search of inspiration and has sent such a strange postcard that Pony thinks they need to investigate whether everything’s all right with her dad. The book of Pony and Puluboi was published in 2012. The rights are sold to Sweden.
APPROX. 80 PAGES / 128 X 190 MM / B&W ILLUSTRATIONS / AUGUST 2013 / 6+
APPROX. 160 PAGES / 145 X 190 MM / B&W ILLUSTRATIONS / JULY 2013 / 7+
An easy-going urban tale
Saska Saarikoski Our Dad Is the Tooth Troll (Meidän isä on hammaspeikko) Illustrated by Erika Kallasmaa So Dad claims he works at a bank, does he? No, his son decides that’s just a cover story for the Tooth Troll as a madcap adventure gets under way. Saska Saarikoski (b. 1963) is a well-known journalist and a debater. Our Dad Is the Tooth Troll is his first children’s book. An excerpt in English will be available
The thrilling conclusion to the fantasy series! Reeta Aarnio The Wizard of Winds
Siri Kolu The Robberssons and the Noble Hunt
(Me Rosvolat ja vaakunaväijy) Illustrated by Tuuli Juusela
The magic school students face the hardest test of their lives: how can they fight against an enemy who rules the winds and can raise the tempests? Previous parts now in one volume: The Hidden Of The Earth (Maan kätkemät 2008) Prisoner Of The Water (Veden vanki 2009) Keepers Of The Will-O-The-Wisp (Virvatulen vartijat 2010)
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APPROX. 200 PAGES / 140 X 202 MM / B&W VIGNETTE ILLUSTRATIONS / MAY 2013 / 9+
Maisie’s sister Primrose is excited about the robbers’ lifestyle when it is revealed that their family are related to a robber prince. The fourth book in the Robbersons series. APPROX 300 PAGES / 128 X 190 MM / B&W VIGNETTE ILLUSTRATIONS / JULY 2013 / 9+
(Poika joka menetti muistinsa)
Kreetta Onkeli The Boy Who Lost His Memory After a fit of laughter, 12-year-old Arto notices that he has forgotten who he is and where he lives. An excerpt In English will be available APPROX. 100 PAGES / 128 X 185 MM / JULY 2013 / 9+
Kreetta Onkeli The Answer Kit (Selityspakki) Illustrated by Ninka Reittu
A sympathetic, wittily illustrated collection of stories and explanations offers elementary school students help processing their thoughts and offers warm, wise answers to the big and little questions all kids have. A great tool for parents, too!
APPROX.100 PAGES / 167 X 200 MM / B&W INSIDE ILLUSTRATIONS / JANUARY 2013 / 9+
An excerpt in English will be available
Kreetta Onkeli (b. 1970) is an author, columnist, editor and dramaturge from Helsinki. She won the Kalevi J채ntti prize for her debut work Ilonen talo (Happy House 1996), which was also adapted as a TV movie.
256 PAGES / 145 X 215 MM / JULY 2013 / 12+ - YA
Ilkka Auer - Antti J. Jokinen Nicholas North - The Curse of the Hellion (Nikolas North – Kalmattaren kirous) The mythical figures and dark creatures of the exotic far north of Europe are brought to life in this dazzlingly imaginative trilogy. A tale of friendship, love, plunder and pillage, and heroic deeds. Nicholas was born with the curse of immortality, and condemned to bring disaster down on the heads of all those close to him. His village is razed to the ground, he loses his parents to the claws of a savage beast, and he is thrown among a band of thieves and ruffians to learn a trade. The cause of all his misfortunes is the evil icewitch Hellion, who seeks to snatch Nicholas’s immortality for herself, at any cost.
Partial in English Synopsis in English Presentations of the second and third volumes in English
Rights s old to Brazil and Rus sia
Nicholas, a boy and a master thief with a deep secret – the life of the northern people depends on his choices.
157 PAGES / 128 X 190 MM / JANUARY 2013 / 13+
250 pages / 140 X 202 MM / August 2013 / YA
APPROX. 200 PAGES / 120 X 190 MM / FEBRUARY 2013 / 13+
Aleksi Delikouras Next Level – Nerd
Antti Halme The Metal Brothers’ Crusade
(Next Level – Nörtti)
DragonSlayer666 almost has a conniption when he hears that he’s being sent to Greece for school camp. During the trip, his worst fears come true: the internet cafes are closed, Hege91 is not the only douche on the trip, and Jorgos’s mother starts match-making a Greek bride for DragonSlayer. The first book in the Nerd series, New Game, appeared in early 2012 and it was a Finlandia Junior prize nominee.
High-spirited goofballs Harri and Ville were planning on going to band-themed confirmation camp – but they wind up in Lapland instead, getting the catechism pounded into their skulls in the wilds. Can the wilderness turn the boys into men? Antti Halme’s book The Metal Brothers was a 2009 Finlandia Junior prize nominee; its rights have been sold to Serbia. The series also includes the book The Metal Brothers and the Mega Babes.
Reeta Aarnio Not Afraid (Hän joka ei pelkää) Kirai is a 16-year-old boy who is unfairly accused of causing his sister’s death, and the members of his tribe set him adrift in a flat-bottomed boat. A family living in a highly controlled and monitored society finds Kirai, who has a drastic effect on the family’s life. Reader’s favourite Reeta Arnio (b. 1971) works as a primary school teacher and has a strong influence from Finnish mythology. An excerpt in English will be available
The fear inside. The pressure inside. The evil inside. The smallness inside. Siri Kolu The Fear Inside (Pelko ihmisessä) As a mysterious flu-like illness spreads, it changes everyone’s lives – it changes all of society. Siri Kolu tells the story of young people and the spread of the illness like a gripping thriller that has no room for a happy ending. An excerpt in English will be available
approx. 300 pages / 140 x 202 mm / October 2013 / YA
(Noaidin tytär) Quiet Aura, who dreams of a different, more exciting life, spends a lot of time writing – and has ominous, menacing visions of wolves and of female figures hunting her. Compelled by her visions, Aura begins writing stories about the warrior women of the Sami, the indigenous people of Lapland. With two of her friends, Aura sneaks off to see her favourite band, World’s End, and meets the band’s singer, the lovely and enigmatic Willow. Aura comes to learn that Willow, who is Sami, is somehow related to her visions, to the Sami she-warriors who threaten her. Aura’s childhood friend Marcus tries to stop her from getting to know Willow any better, but Aura finds herself growing increasingly entangled in the mystical, magical world of the Sami women warriors, in part through the story of her mother, who disappeared years ago. Join Aura on her saga of adventure. Shaman’s Daughter, the first instalment in a youth trilogy in the spirit of the Twilight series, will be released in Finland in summer 2013. Sami influences form the basis for the story’s mysteries, and Tammimaa is skilled at building captivating, sinister ambiance. APPROX. 250 PAGES / 140 X 202 MM / JUNE 2013 / YA
Essi Tammimaa Shaman’s Daughter
The acclaimed wordsmith’s new fantasy series mixes reality with Sami mythology
An excerpt in English will be available
For all lovers of adventure Helena Waris Winterblooded (Talviverinen) Stout-hearted thundermen, fearless maidens, romance and dashing wordplay – the landscapes of primeval Finland are ruled by of ancient powers and eternal love. The world is sliding inevitably towards long winter. Only one family protected by the ancient powers – that of Ailegais, Arni, and Troi with their spouses and children – will survive it. This acclaimed three-part fantasy series comes to its stunning conclusion. The world of old, with its legends and beliefs, wilderness and lakes, fells and villages, will enchant readers of all ages. Waris has created an compelling and original fantasy world with a Kalevalan flavour. The book offers the full smorgasbord of thrills and danger, witchcraft and magic, vengeance and romance.
Synopsis in English is available 333 PAGES / 128 X 185 MM / JANUARY 2013 / YA
– SUOMEN KUVALEHTI 2011 ON THE NOVEL THE WOLF CHILDREN
”Beatles recounts the early stages of the long-haired Liverpudlians’ career much more imaginatively than a movie or nonfiction work ever could.” – SAVON SANOMAT
”Kunnas marches out the rocking lads from Liverpool so vividly you can almost hear Twist and Shout.” – ILTALEHTI
Mauri Kunnas Beatles with an A. Birth of a Band.
Julia Vuori Pig Can’t Decide
(Piitles. Tarina erään rockbändin alkutaipaleesta.)
(Sika ei osaa päättää)
The legendary rock cartoonist’s smashing tribute to the world’s most legendary rock band: the first beats of the Beatles’ career in words and images as only Mauri Kunnas could tell them.
A collection of charming Pig comics.
An English edition will be published in March 2013 by Otava Publishing Company
For Pig and her enviably idle, resourceful friends, even the notion of hurrying gets a new meaning: everyone’s in a big hurry to stop! Julia Vuori’s Pig books have been published in China, Japan, and Korea.
80 PAGES / 240 X 285 MM / FOUR-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT / 2012
APPROX. 50 PAGES / 210 X 297 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / AUGUST 2013
TEACHING KIDS THE JOY OF SUCCESS Clatter Ridge is an idyllic, fun-filled village created by author Tuula Kallioniemi and illustrated by Jii Roikonen. It’s a place where kids can live a good, healthy life and learn new things at their own pace.
Tuula Kallioniemi – Jii Roikonen ABC
Tuula Kallioniemi – Tiina Eskola – Jii Roikonen The Traffic Book
Tuula Kallioniemi – Kati Solastie – Jii Roikonen Easy English
Emil visits Clatter Ridge Elementary with Coney. Join them and learn new letters and words at the same time. Read the speech balloons and vocabulary cards yourself!
Are you allowed to run and play while you’re waiting at the bus stop? Where are you supposed to put your backpack while you’re riding your bike? Practice your traffic skills while tooling around with Coney and Tiny.
Greetings, polite phrases, numbers, colours, animals, food and drinks, places – learn English-language words and phrases in authentically Clatter Ridge contexts.
48 PAGES / 210 X 255 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013
APPROX 40 PAGES / 210 X 255 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013
48 PAGES / 210 X 255 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013
48 PAGES / 210 X 297 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013
APPROX. 50 PAGES / 210 X 297 MM / 4-COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS / APRIL 2013
Tuula Kallioniemi – Maarit Forsback – Anne Kalliola – Jii Roikonen Time Travel
Tuula Kallioniemi – Elisa Haukka – Jii Roikonen Travel Kit
What do you call a kid who sleeps at the hotel? A kidnapper!? Puffy and Howler learn tongue-incheek “holiday English”: transportation methods, phrases for shopping, and how to order at restaurants.
Abel Cuckoo holds a night school session for his pupils. The subject? Time. Through stimulating tasks, everyone learns about telling time, the days of the week, the months, and the seasons.
Tasks and teasers, quizzes and puzzles, laughs and learning
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Teräs, Mila – Pertamo, Karoliina
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Elli Gets Some Shuteye ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� 5
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Kunnas, Mauri The Silly Dictionary ���������������������������������������������������������������������� 9
Waris, Helena Winterblooded �����������������������������������������������������������������������������19
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