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.
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.
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.