Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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73 pages

Purdy & Barker Have a Good Day

Maukan ja Väykän Hyvä Päivä

A good day contains new inventions, some minor mix-ups, a celebration, and so much more in the lives of Purdy and Barker.

Before the sun sets, Purdy and Barker manage to fit a lot of adventures into their spring day.

When Barker wakes up in the sky-blue house, he finds that he’s got company: a spring fly. The hidden world of a fly is a great revelation.

When Purdy wakes up, he immediately gets to work on his brand new invention. But what happened to Barker’s braces? Surely Purdy hasn’t found a better use for them? And where did the bicyclye’s brake cable go? In the evening the villagers gather for Cow Mooston’s birthday, but whose job was it to host the party?

Purdy and Barker have a good day that’s filled with learned wisdom and crazy adventures. Everyone, both children and adults alike, will be able to identify with the duo. 


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)


“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

“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