The substitute teacher would like nothing better than for Ella and her class to enjoy school.
Her attempts are quite something: first a puppet show and then a strange rubber mask. Unfortunately the children are not amused, they’re scared… But all is not lost since the class does end up laughing — at the bump the substitute teacher gets on her head!
The good news is that their own teacher is asked to return early from his honeymoon. He takes the happy class to the theatre. Surprises are in store for the children since they did not expect to see their teacher and Pete on stage with the real actors. Back at school the class prepare for their own Christmas play.
Timo Parvela (b.1964) is the number one children’s author in Finland and Ella & Friends is his longest standing series. He is a true master of capturing how children think in familiar situations and he always does it with a sense of humour and a touch of magic.
Ella & Friends Ahoy There!, 2020
Ella & Friends Save the Earth, 2019
Ella & Friends as Kings, 2019
Ella & Friends in Concert, 2018
Ella & Friends as Master Chefs, 2018
Ella & Friends on their Way to Scout Jamboree, 2017
Ella & Friends – Horseplay, 2017
Ella & Friends in a Pickle, 2015
Ella & Friends in His Majesty’s Secret Service, 2016
Ella & Friends Build a Magic Machine, 2016
Ella & Friends Babysit, 2015
Ella & Friends Skip School, 2014
Ella & Friends in the Woods, 2013
Ella & the Lost Pointer, 2012
Ella & the Great Deeds of Sampo, 2011
Ella & Friends Have a Party, 2010
Ella & the Night Knight, 2010
Ella Hits the Jackpot, 2009
Ella & F1, 2008
Ella & the Seven Sillies, 2007
Ella – Watch Out for the Children!, 2006
Ella at Sea, 2005
Ella & the Superstar, 2004
Ella in Lapland, 2003
Ella at Night School, 2001
Ella & the New Boy in Class, 2000
Ella & Pete, 1999
Ella & the Holiday Camp, 1998
Ella on a School Trip, 1998
Ella in the Theatre, 1996
Ella & the Blackmailer, 1995
Black and white drawings
The Ella books have been published in Arabic/ME, Belarusian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Sámi and Persian.
“Parvela is in in his element. Gorgeous blundering that keeps you entertained.”— Anita Ruckerbauer, BN-News, Germany
“The Ella books are one of very few book about school that you even want to read during the holidays!”— Die Zeit, Germany
“Guaranteed nonsense and deliusions with Ella and her friends!” — Stéphane Larue, France
“Clever, genuinely funny… with a perfect dose of emotion.”— Savon Sanomat newspaper