Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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149 pages

Purdy & Barker and the Giant Snowball

Maukka ja Väykkä ja mieletön lumipallo

Imagine if you woke up one day and found the biggest advent calendar in the world out in your yard.

It would be like a gigantic snowball, and you’d find a wonderful surprise waiting in each window. Imagine if your best friend had built a calendar like that for you. And then it started to roll… off the edge of the yard, down the hill, through the village, and into the lake. Just imagine!

Purdy, Barker and the Giant Snowball is a story full of surprises, friendship, greediness, selflessness, and the meaning of Christmas. It contains huge emotions and tiny tricks, as well as tiny emotions and one huge trick. And, of course, it ends with a miracle.

Purdy and Barker continue to win over readers’ hearts in their second book! Like an advent calendar, the new book contains a story for every December morning, all the way up to Christmas. Each story is illustrated by a handsome, atmospheric full-spread image.


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


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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)
Lithuanian (Alma Littera)
Russian (Albus Corvus)


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

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

“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

“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, Finland