Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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82 pages

Purdy & Barker’s Book of Stories

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A collection of 16 delightfully humorous and touching stories.

Barker is a cat and Purdy is a dog. They live together in a sky-blue house on a hill and… wait a minute, something’s gone wrong. Now that I think about it, Purdy is the cat and Barker is the dog. Silly me!

In these incredibly humorous stories we meet a visiting dog called Vuhkobowitz, who Purdy considers strange and alien until the pair discover that they have more in common than initially meets the eye.

But what happens when the inhabitants of the sky-blue house start doing a spring clean? They method of recycling is fairly unorthodox, but as long as everyone’s happy that’s the main thing, right?

Purdy & Barker’s Book of Stories is jam-packed full of fun, humour, and adventures from our dynamic 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