Ville Hytönen

Ville Hytönen (b. 1982) is a poet, children’s book writer, bookshop owner, columnist and publishing director at Savukeidas Publishing, which he founded at the age of 19. He lives in Tallinn, Estonia. Hytönen’s poems have been translated into 16 languages. In 2010 he received the Sammon Tekijät Award for new thinking, creativity and innovation. Awarded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the prize is worth 50,000 euros.

Wonky Donkey (Hipinäaasi apinahiisi, Tammi 2013), which Hytönen created together with illustrator Matti Pikkujämsä, was nominated for the prestigious 2013 Finlandia Junior Prize that honours the year’s best children’s book. Wonky Donkey was also named one of 2013’s three most beautiful Finnish children’s books by the Finnish Book Art Committee.

“Ville Hytönen has given us a charming book from the land of bugs…this is high-quality children’s literature.”
– Kirjavinkit (“Book Tips”) literature blog, Finland

“Hytönen uses unbelievably nimble and descriptive language without needing to show off.”
– Lapsen maailma (“Kid’s World”) magazine, Finland


Ville Hytönen

Tales from Bug Forest

2014, Picture Book

Ville Hytönen

Wheezy Donkey and Wonky Monkey

2013, Picture Book

Ville Hytönen

Winter in Bug Forest

2018, Picture Book

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