This month marked the debut of Paola and Pirjo Suhonen’s four-part Affe the Adventure Dog picture book series with Book I: A Winter Trip to Lapland (Tammi 2015). Book II, A Spring Stroll in the City (Tammi 2016), will hit bookstores next spring.
The Suhonen sisters are well-known for their Ivana Helsinki fashion brand, a trailblazer that has been included on the official calendars of both New York and Paris fashion weeks. With Affe the Adventure Dog, the two have made a critically acclaimed debut as children’s book authors. The character of Affe is based on Paola Suhonen’s real-life rescue dog.
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Praise for Affe the Adventure Dog: A Winter Trip to Lapland:
“Children spending their time in the artificial world of games and films should be offered new stories [such as this] that take place in our real, modern living environment.”
– Kauppalehti newspaper, Finland
“The book, which works on several levels, aims to hold the attention of both adults and children.”
– Radio Helsinki radio station, Finland
“The illustrator has succeeded in bringing out Affe’s joie de vivre, warmth, sense of adventure and scale of emotion – in other words, humanity…The book’s pages also reflect values of friendship between a child and a pet, quality time spent between kids and an aunt, and animal welfare.”
– Kieltenopen kotiblogi (“Language Teacher’s Blog”) culture blog, Finland
“I read the story of Affe to two five-year-olds…the listeners were spellbound by the dog. This picture book narrating Affe’s escape should be read all the time, they said.”
– Pihin naisen elämää (“A Stingy Woman’s Life”) culture blog, Finland
Titles in the Affe series include:
Affe the Adventure Dog: A Winter Trip to Lapland (Tammi 2015)
Affe the Adventure Dog: A Spring Stroll in the City (Tammi Spring 2016)
Affe the Adventure Dog: A Summer Adventure (Tammi Summer 2016)
Affe the Adventure Dog: An Autumn Adventure (Tammi Fall 2016)
Original publisher: FINLAND, Tammi
Illustrated English text (Book I)
Finnish edition (Book I)