Timo Parvela
Virpi Talvitie
Publication date
October 2010
Format info
78 pages Size: 174 mm x 246 mm

The Wheel of Fortune


“Luck, come see me. I have a surprise for you. – Kettle”. The message in the bottle sent by Kettle is touchingly brief: Kettle is both looking for happiness and hoping to make his friend happy.

But will Galoot notice the bottle floating by? Will Gragle be brave enough to carry the bottle in its beak to the shore? Does a child have the faith to pursue a dream that seems unlikely to come true?

The light of friendship illuminates Parvela’s philosophical story. Once again, the author presents important themes we all must face in life: pursuit of happiness, sorrow, loneliness, and giving and receiving. As a story-teller, Timo Parvela is masterfully natural, as a wordsmith playfully clever, prolific and fun. When the story is complemented by Virpi Talvitie’s delicate, dreamlike illustrations, the result makes the reader chuckle with delight.

Reading material

Finnish edition
English translation


Rights sold

Chinese (Beijing Dandelion Children’s Book House Co. Ltd., Beijing Yanliu Classic Culture Ltd.)
Hungarian (Cercabella)
Russian (Gorodets)