The Monster Tournament

Reading material

English PDF

Original title: Hirviöturnajaiset

Published: 2019

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Picture Book

Pages: 40

Where the Wild Things Are meets Ugly Duckling and Pokémon!


Eren has decided to accept princess Rola’s challenge and take part in the Monster Tournament. He finds an egg and hopes that it will hatch into a mighty monster. But when Eren’s monster is finally revealed, it looks more like a baby penguin. Can Eren train it to be his tournament monster, and could it ever beat princess Rola’s Storm Snail? Pasi Pitkänen’s incredible adventure story is brought to life by his vivid illustations. In the spirit of Pokémon and Where the Wild Things Are it is also a story of an ugly duckling and bravery.

Rights sold:

FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
WORLD ARABIC: Ink Publishing

Pasi Pitkänen

Pasi Pitkänen has become known for his richly detailed illustrative work on several children’s books such as the Monster Nanny duology by Tuutikki Tolonen. He has also worked at Rovio Entertainment as an illustrator, character designer and graphic designer; Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes (Rovio Books 2012), illustrated by Pitkänen, was named Best First Cookbook of the Year at 2012’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. Among Pitkänen’s hobbies are quantum physics, people-watching, B-movies, insects and baking.



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