Warmest congratulations to author Anna Elina Isoaro and illustrator Mira Mallius, who are shortlisted for the 2023 Children’s and Young Adult Literature Finlandia Prize with their heart-warming, fun and insightful picture book TWO AUNTS NAMED VERA (Kaksi tätiä nimeltä Veera, WSOY 2023)!
The Finlandia jury describes the work as follows:
’Two Aunts Called Vera transports you from the kitchen table into the homes and lives of diverse people. The story is wonderfully insightful and meandering, yet clear at the same time. Isoaro’s language is vibrant and beautiful. The visual world of the work is unique and playful; Mallius’s compositions are exquisite, and her overall colour palette is stunning. The layout also deserves praise; every spread is a carefully considered whole. Two Aunts Called Vera is a constructive and thought-provoking reading experience.’