Timo Parvela
Anni Nykänen
Publication date
February 2021
Format info
88 pp., Age 7+

Ella and Friends – Remote Schooling

Ella ja kaverit etäkoulussa

‘Hello class! Can you hear me! It’s your teacher here!’

The third grade is off to a speedy start for Ella and her friends. They’re about to take part in a talent competition on TV, and everyone is excitedly waitng for the start of the holiday week ahead.

But then everyone’s holiday plans change. Ater a full week of not going to a hockey tournament, Paris, scout camp, water park, Mom‐and‐Batman camp nor seeing Grandma, the class also find that they won’t be going back to their school either. The school they know and love has now been replaced with remote schooling.

The class and their beloved Teacher tackle the ways of the new schooling together. And somehow being far away from each other suddenly makes the world seem surprisingly small. With all the worrying things happening in the world, shared joy and friends are more important than ever.

Ella and Friends – Remote Schooling became an instant bestseller in Finland!


‘The book is filled with classic Parvela fun and mischief, and the fast-paced narrative is enhanced by Anni Nykänen’s cartoon-like illustrations.’ – Maaseudun tulevaisuus newspaper

‘This combination of new and familiar is probably the most appropriate way to deal with corona, and the book’s overarching message is that we’ll get through this together. (…)  It’s not at all far-fetched to assume that in the 2050s we’ll still be reading books about what it was like to experience some of our best and most painful years remotely.’ – Keskisuomalainen

‘Timo Parvela offers primary school children a good, old laugh about this exceptional time.’ – Etelä-Suomen Sanomat

Reading material

Finnish edition
Estonian edition

Rights sold

Estonian (Hea Lugu)