Where Did the Animals Go - Travelling Through Time With Lotta and Kasper

Laura Ertimo

Original title: Aika matka! Lotta, Kasper ja luontokadon arvoitus

Author: Laura Ertimo

Illustrator: Mari Ahokoivu

Published: 2021

Publisher: Into

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 48

Part of a series: Weird Weather

Reading material:

English synopsis, Full English translation, Finnish PDF

How has humanity survived this long? How can we, and other species, survive in the future? A much-needed book that helps make sense of the biodiversity crisis!

  • Tieto-Lauri Prize Winner 2022 – Best Finnish Non-Fiction Children’s Title!
  • Nominated for the Finlandia Award in 2021!
  • Sequel to Weird Weather, sold to 18 countries!
  • Mari Ahokoivu won the Puupäähattu Comic Book Award 2023

Lotta and Kasper keep seeing new worrisome news: dying bees, endangered animals, plastic in the Mariana Trench and on the glaciers of Antarctica, rivers polluted by mines, forest fires...

The children realize that even if the problems of climate change were solved, Mother Nature would still be in trouble! Climate change is only one part of an escalating environmental crisis. How will we survive?

Now retired fossil gremlin suggests that Lotta and Kasper set out on a grand journey through time in search of threads that may connect the past to the present and provide solutions for the future.

With the gremlin as their guide, the children find clues about the great changes that life has undergone in the past and how life has continued after major catastrophes. Through their journey, they come to see the roots of the current situation, understand why solving it is so tricky and learn how the human species has overcome previous crises to survive to this day.

Laura Ertimo has undertaken a challenging yet important task - to write for children about the biodiversity crisis and the problems arising from it. The topics themselves are complex, but the time travel layout and engaging comic strips assist in understanding, whereas the pictures encourage children to look into the issues at hand.

- Anneli Veskimägi, Avita, Estonia

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Into (orig.)
ESTONIA: Kirjastus Avita
GERMANY: Cross Cult
HUNGARY: Tessloff & Babilon


About author

Laura Ertimo

Laura Ertimo is a geographer and author. She has previously worked in publishing of geography-related non-fiction and maps, and now she writes full time, specializing in children’s non-fiction. A recurring theme in her work is the holistic worldview, the interaction between phenomena, people and nature.

In 2020, she received the prestigious Tietopöllö Award for her work as a Non-Fiction writer. Her children's title WHERE DID THE ANIMALS GO, illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu, was nominated for the 2021 Finlandia Award and has also won the Tieto-Lauri award!


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