Travels in Time: How the Telephone Became Smart

Pinja Meretoja

Original title: Aikamatka: kuinka telefoonista tuli älykäs

Author: Pinja Meretoja

Published: 2023

Publisher: FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)

Genre: Non-Fiction

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How did one machine come to feature thousands of years of technology?

  • A beautifully illustrated title about everyday inventions and their origins

The smartphone includes a huge amount of functions that are the result of hundreds and thousands of years of progress. How did all these discoveries end up in a child’s pocket? Travels in Time delves into this mystery in a fun but precise way.

Lucy visits a second-hand store with her aunt. When Lucy doesn’t recognize all of the objects there, she comes up with imaginative ideas as to what their use might have been. A generation that has access to all sorts of tools in one device might not know about the past importance of all the appliances.

Travels in Time is a visual and easily approachable non-fiction title that presents to children the history of different inventions, such as writing, the camera, the radio, the computer, and many others. It also invites adults to have discussions with younger generations about their experiences growing up - how one had to wait for their turn on the phone when a sibling was chatting with friends, how the modem used to be slow or what songs one used to record on a cassette tape. Sounds familiar? Delve into the past and discover something new!

Meretoja’s illustration style is personal, and it works perfectly with the book. [--] In her illustrations the past decades with their interiors, especially the apparatuses such as radio, television, and the phone, come alive.

– Jaana Pesonen for IBBY Finland

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Kirjastus Elust Enesest

About author

Pinja Meretoja

Pinja Meretoja is a Finnish children's picturebook author and an illustrator, living and working in Helsinki.  She draws inspiration from themes of environment, cultural history and equality. Meretoja graduated from Universidad de Palermo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) with a degree in Illustration Designer, and since that she has been working on a field of illustration.

Pinja Meretoja has published two children’s picture books at Tammi (2021and 2022) and is now working on her third book – a graphic novel for adults. Her new book Travels in Time was longlisted for the most Beautiful Books of the Year Award 2022. She loves music, cats, 80’s He-man characters and comics.


2023, Non-Fiction

Pinja Meretoja

Travels in Time: How the Telephone Became Smart