Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
Publication date
Format info
160 x 203 mm, approx. 80 pages

Purdy & Barker’s Travel Book

Maukan ja Väykän matkakirja

A delightful travel diary about a cat and dog’s holiday in Italy!

When we’re on holiday, we often reveal a totally different side of ourselves.

Purdy always threatens to go south in the autumn, but this time the trip really does happen! And then there’s all the business about whether he locked the door, did he leave the lights on, and what about the chimney flue… Turns out it’s not that easy to leave home behind!

Once they reach ochre-yellow, scorching-hot Italy, both Purdy and Barker reveal new traits: Ever-practical Barker is the one who finds it easy to get used to the locals, and he copes well with setbacks. Could it even be fun to become a farmer in the green fields of Tuscany?


Purdy & Barker, 2007
Purdy & Barker and the Giant Snowball
, 2009
Purdy & Barker Build a House, 2010
Purdy & Barker’s Big Adventure, 2011
Purdy & Barker and Bear Growler, 2012
Purdy & Barker’s Book of Stories, 2013
Purdy & Barker’s Little Book of Friendship, 2013
Purdy & Barker’s Snout Book, 2014
Purdy & Barker’s Travel Book, 2015
Purdy & Barker Have a Good Day, 2017
The Best of Purdy & Barker, 2019


4-colour illustrations
160 x 203mm

Series rights sold

Chinese, simplified (Guomai Culture & Media Co., Ltd.)
English/WEL (Gecko Press)
German (Hanser)
Hungarian (Kolibri Kiadó)
Japanese (Bunken Shuppan)
Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC)

Reading materials

English series synopsis
Finnish edition


“…everyone who likes Winnie-the-Pooh will love meeting this new pair of friends.” – School Library Journal, USA

“You could try to find a book more gorgeous than this one, but it’ll be a waste of your time because this book already has it all.” – Luettua Elämää- blog

“This is gently humorous, finely written entertainment, which is sometimes comical and ironic, while providing a delightful and simple insight into the nature of relationships…. All in all, it’s high quality children’s literature.”– Kevin Steinberger, Magpies Magazine

“Timo Parvela and Virpi Talvitie’s Purdy & Barker is the stuff that classics are made of.” – Keskisuomalainen newspaper