Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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126 pages, size 160 X 203 mm,

Purdy & Barker’s Big Adventure

Maukka, Väykkä ja suuri seikkailu

Purdy is bored with the daily grind and Barker’s stability. Purdy wants some excitement from life!

‘I want a real adventure. The kind that starts from something teeny, from some event you barely notice but leads to one that’s a little bigger, which in turn leads to a strange coincidence that swells, unravels and in the end explodes into an adventure,’ Purdy explained.

Purdy wants an adventure. But all Barker wants is a moment of peace so he can concentrate on building his miniature model of the village. And so the dog agrees to a fateful deal. Because Purdy promises that if Barker will dig a teeny tiny hole in the driveway, he will leave his friend in peace. How can such a huge adventure grow from such a tiny hole? You’ll find out with Purdy & Barker’s Big Adventure, where the friends meet Bear Growler, go on a dragon hunt and save a maiden in distress. Just like you’re supposed to during big adventures.

And at the end of the story, of course there’s a treasure. The biggest, the most beautiful one of all.


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)
Romanian (Editura Cortea Copiilor)

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