Tales from Bug Forest

Original title: Ötökkämaan tarinat

Published: 2014

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Picture Book

Pages: 80

Hytönen peers into the secret world of insects in this delightful mix of poetry and prose. Bug Forest’s array of creatures ranges from angst-filled to well-meaning but stinky, and the mood alternates between rambunctious and lyrical. His warm and descriptive prose charms both kids and grown-ups, and Virpi Penna’s gentle, unforgettable illustrations bring the characters to life.

Rights sold: Estonian

“Tales from Bug Forest is an astonishingly multilayered and imaginative work that contains educational thoughts between the lines.”
– Kadri Haljamaa, editor, Koolibri

“The inhabitants of Bug Forest are as cute as can be…the language is wonderfully real, bold and, most importantly, descriptive. The illustrations are expressive, and there are pictures on every page, holding the attention of even the smallest readers.”
– Meidän perhe (“Our Family”) magazine, Finland

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.


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