Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck
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.
Published: 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.
This humorous book has great illustrations that you could spend hours perusing.
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.
Clutterbuck's hilarious sequence of escapades turns out to have some very positive, but unintended, consequences. The reader is drawn to look in awe as the hapless sleepwalker walks away from the mayhem he unknowingly causes. The dense, cartoon-like illustrations are full of humorous detail. Readers will want to discuss their preferred ride at the amusement park. Would it be the Cyclone, the Gut Churner, the Shake 'n' Quake or the Turbo Whip? Translated from the Finnish, English readers can pour over the illustrations and enthuse about Mr. Clutterbuck's adventures.
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.
The illustrations alternate between stories in pictures and crowded scenes full of details, to be rediscovered thousands of times.
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.
Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck is a hilarious story with riotous illustrations – a definite modern classic.
[O]riginal, charming, and thoroughly entertaining... [U]nreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.
Goodnight Mr Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas is a hysterical tale of a sleepwalking goat. Every night he unknowingly leaves his bed and gets into all kinds of strange situations- leaving chaos in his wake and occasionally doing something crazy (like being the lead singer of a band!). This book feels different—the illustrations are intricate and full of life—there is so much to talk about as you read aloud. A lovely, awesome quirky addition to your collection.
- Visit Mr. Clutterbuck’s house in Finland!