Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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109 pages, 160 x 203 mm,

Purdy & Barker Build a House

Maukka ja Väykkä rakentavat talon

A perky little rooster finally emerges from Chicken von Cluck’s egg, and the entire village rejoices. But the things aren’t going as well for the cat and the dog.

As a result of a Christmas storm, Purdy’s and Barker’s house is sliding off the hill. Living in a titlted house is tough, because coffee cups won’t stay on the table and you have to nail the rugs to the floor. And so the friends decide to relocate the house back to its proper place at the top of the hill.

It’s not as easy as it sounds, because the house is full of things that are hard to move and easy to break. Like, for instance, friendship, which is put to the test as Barker works his tail off while Purdy dreams up castles in the sky – made with a little marble, why not?

The third Purdy & Barker book is all about a friendship between two creatures that is so strong that it moves an entire house.


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


109 pp
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