Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck

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Published: Coming March 7, 2017

By Mauri Kunnas
Translated from the Finnish by Jill Timbers

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.

Coming November 28, 2017

$18 hardcover – ISBN: 978-0-914671-76-3
$15 ebook – eISBN: 978-0-914671-77-0

This is a very fun story that kids will love. The exploits of Mr. Clutterbuck are finely and intricately detailed in the wonderful illustrations by Mauri Kunnas.

Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review


The illustrations are fun, and work on a couple of levels. Like the books of Richard Scarry, or the Mr. Postmouse books, the drawings energetically illustrate the action of the story, but loaded around the edges and hidden within the scenes, are oodles of little jokes and bits of business... The overall effect is that there is a lot to find and to see on every page, and lots of visual jokes and puns to recognize and appreciate. Not only does this make the book fun, it greatly enhances its rereadability and it rewards careful observation.

Joel Smith, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer


The illustrations swarm with multiple stories and images. Readers should take time to discover and appreciate them all. Not for nothing is Kunnas one of Finland’s most beloved and successful children’s writers... With the help of detailed illustrations and humoristic dialogs, Mr. Clutterbuck, eccentric and lovable, wins a place in the reader’s heart.

Katrin Czerwinka, Jugendbuch-Couch (for Mr. Clutterbuck's Seven Wonders)


The illustrations alternate between stories in pictures and crowded scenes full of details, to be rediscovered thousands of times.

Katharina Granzin, Perlentaucher (for Mr. Clutterbuck's Seven Wonders)


The imaginative illustrations... are populated with so many different types of animals that even the varied residents in Richard Scarry’s books pale in comparison...Complex storytelling with intricately detailed illustrations results in a tale that will engage those with the patience to follow a couple of story threads, as well as those who like illustrations stuffed to the brim.

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