The Icelandic children’s books about the music-loving mouse Maximus Musicus will be released shortly in the UK and the US. The publishing rights to the books have already been sold to Germany, South-Korea, Australia and the Faroe Islands.
The books were written by Hallfrídur Ólafsdóttir, a flutist in the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, and the illustrations were made by her Symphony Orchestra colleague, violist Thórarinn Már Baldursson.
In addition to the books, children are invited to learn more about the adventurous world of classical music through special Maximus Musicus concerts—the Symphony Orchestra in Oosten, The Netherlands, recently held such a concert.
Also, an educational computer game based on the mouse’s adventures for iPhones and iPads, designed by the Icelandic software company Fancy Pants Global, became an instant hit in Germany and has received favorable reviews from the US, a press release states.
In other book news, the crime novel Tími nornarinnar (“The Hour of the Witch”) by Árni Thórarinsson was recently re-released in Norway as Heksens tid both in hardcover and paperback. A television series based on the book is currently in production in Iceland.
The novel Konur (“Women”) by Steinar Bragi was recently published in France under the title Installation, where the crime novel Myrká (Outrage; La rivière noire) by Arnaldur Indridason also recently hit the market.
Also, the novel Gaeludýrin (Les animaux de compagnie), which has already appeared in English under the title The Pets, has been published in France.
In Germany, Einar Kárason’s historical novel Ofsi (“Tempest”) has been published as Versöhnung und Groll and Westdeutsche Rundfunk’s radio play version of Indridason’s Bettý (Tödliche Intrige) was recently issued on CD.
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