Children’s Title Pick: Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas

From the award-winning Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland’s most celebrated children’s writers and illustrators, a hilarious picture book full of animals, humor, and colorful pictures. Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his reputation as the busiest and loudest sleepwalker in town. Meek and mild-mannered when awake, at night Mr. Clutterbuck seeks thrills and adventures. Often the accidental instigator of chaos, Mr. Clutterbuck soon becomes the lead singer of a rock band, a disco king, and, eventually, the hero of his town. Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck is sure to captivate readers of all ages as we wonder what kind of situation Mr. Clutterbuck will find himself in next. With a lively tapestry of characters, including a motorcycle gang of cats and crocodiles, a hippo in charge of a sausage factory, and an ill-tempered bull at a theme park, Mauri Kunnas playfully shows what can happen when you step outside your comfort zone.

Mauri Kunnas is Finland’s most celebrated author of illustrated children’s books. To date, over 40 of his titles have been published in 36 countries. Mauri Kunnas offers the reader an unparalleled joy of discovery: his brilliantly colored illustrations are filled with rich and humorous details. He has an unrivaled gift for taking history and casting it in a new and hilarious way, as well as giving old stories and legends his own delightful twist. His books exude an atmosphere of irresistible warmth and contagious joy.

Jill Timbers is a professional Finnish-English translator. Her translation Otto and the Secret Light of Christmas, by Nora and Pirkko-Liisa Surojegin, was published in 2016. More literary translations have appeared in anthologies and journals, including Helsinki Noir, With Signs and Wonders, and Connecting Souls. Timbers lives in Illinois with her Finnish husband.

Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck
Mauri Kunnas
Translated from the Finnish by Jill Timbers
2017, Elsewhere Editions
ISBN: 978-0-914671-76-3

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