Wheezy Donkey and Wonky Monkey

Ville Hytönen

Original title: Hipinäaasi apinahiisi

Author: Ville Hytönen

Published: 2013

Publisher: Tammi

Genre: Picture Books (0-3 Years)

Pages: 32

Reading material:

Finnish text

English sample

A tale of friendship celebrating all the things that make us different.

Two lonely creatures – a donkey with weak lungs and a clumsy monkey – are both mocked and shunned by other animals because of their respective oddities. But what happens when the donkey and the monkey meet and decide that being wheezy or wonky are, in fact, qualities to proudly sing about?

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Tammi (orig.)
ESTONIA: Koolibri Publishers

About author

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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