Friday, September 22, 2017

"Goodnight, Mr. Cluttebuck" - a bookwrap

The newest children's book from Mauri Kunnas, one of Finland's most popular illustrators! Enjoy! 


                Age Range: 4 - 8 years
         Grade Level: Preschool  

Unwrapping some awesome illustrations for you

Editorial Reviews 

"This is a very fun story that kids will love. The exploits of Mr. Clutterbuck are finely and intricately detailed in the wonderful illustrations by Mauri Kunnas." Katrina Yurenka, Youth Services Book Review

"A sleepwalking goat dispels crises, wreaks gooey havoc, and solves a mysterious rash of disappearing spoons in this Finnish import... properly replete with silly details and side business... silly names and situations should keep older listeners hooked." — Kirkus Reviews

Praise for Mr. Clutterbuck's Seven Wonders:

"The illustrations swarm with multiple stories and images. Readers should take time to discover and appreciate them all. Not for nothing is Kunnas one of Finland's most beloved and successful children's writers... With the help of detailed illustrations and humoristic dialogs, Mr. Clutterbuck, eccentric and lovable, wins a place in the reader's heart." -- Katrin Czerwinka, Jugendbuch-Couch

About the book

      I loved this book from start to finish.  The hilarious and very detailed illustrations are amazing.  They are full of action, humour and emotion. They are brilliant!  

      Mr. Clutterbuck is a lethargic, kind of boring goat by day but boy does he change his demeanour during the nighttime hours.  You see, Mr. Clutterbuck is a sleepwalker and his nightly body guard is Gus, his loyal and loving guinea pig. Gus sticks with him through thick and thin trying to keep his owner out of danger and safely back home to his bed.  All Mr. Clutterbuck's friends kindly ask him to join them to go rollerskating, to a cookout or to participate in karaoke, but alas, he declines each invitation opting to have his familiar bedtime rituals and then head off to his bed. 

       Once asleep his nightly adventures lead him on wild and wonderful escapades.  He breaks up motorcycle gang rivals, rescues Wally Wurst's sausage business from cashing and burning, causes havoc and destruction due to a humungous mustard spill he incurred and even becomes a rock band's lead singer (even though he cannot sing), just to name a few.  

      His bravery and bizarre antics do not go unnoticed by the local town folk. With very grateful hearts they descend upon his home to offer their praise and thanks to him.  They give the confused and rather stunned Mr. Clutterbuck the ideal gift that a sleepwalker could ever dream of having. The ending is spot on perfect!  This book will be thoroughly enjoyed by both younger and older audiences.  The excellent detailed illustrations will have kids going back again and again to revel in their complexities.  This book is translated from Finnish by Jill Timbers.   I highly recommend it. 

Storywraps Rating...  5 +++ HUGS!!!!!

About the author


M   Mauri Kunnas was born in 1950 in the small Southwestern Finnish town of Vammala. He began drawing early on, following his passion to the University of Art and Design in Helsinki. At first an illustrator of comic strips and political cartoons, Kunnas published his first children's book in 1975: The Book of Finnish Elves, which soon became a bestseller in Finland. Since then, Kunnas has written and illustrated over forty children's books. Among his many awards, he was the winner of the Finnish Picture Book Prize in 1992, the 2009 Lifetime Award for Positivity, and the 2013 State Award for Public Information for a distinguished life's work. In his spare time, Kunnas enjoys the Beatles, playing the guitar, films, and history - as well as watching thunderstorms.

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