Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
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128 pages

The Best of Purdy & Barker

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A selection of carefully chosen stories from the eight Purdy & Barker books.

These stories will take readers on a journey that spans all four seasons. The Best of Purdy & Barker is a celebration of friendship – the kind that’s built on compromise, acceptance, help, understanding and love.

Purdy is a cat and Barker is a dog. They live together in a sky-blue house on the top of a hill. At the foot of the hill there’s a pond, and next to it there’s a village that’s home to their many friends. Barker is very practical and he loves to potter in the garden. The artistic Purdy dreams big: she wants to fly south with the birds, win a singing competition and become a Supercat. At times their relationship is trying, but that won’t hold them back from being best friends.


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 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 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