Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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73 pages

Purdy & Barker’s Little Book of Friendship

Maukan ja Väykän pieni kirja ystävyydestä

A giftbook containing a lovely collection of philosophical musings from the Purdy & Barker series.

Purdy is a cat and Barker is a dog. They live together on a sky-blue house on a hill. At the foot of the hill there’s a pond, and next to it there’s a village that is home to their friends Chicken von Cluck, Cow Mooston, Horse Neighborly, and others.

What’s the point of going through life’s good and bad moments, reading books, watching movies or listening to music if we can’t do any of those things with friends?

This charming book is all about friendships, however unlikely they may seem.


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


Finnish PDF
Series synopsis

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