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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck
by Mauri Kunnas
Age Range: 6-8
Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his sleepwalking reputation in the town. Shy and mild-mannered when awake, he is completely different by night; often being the accidental instigator of chaos including coming between two rival motorcycle gangs, helping a local sausage factory owner, becoming the lead singer of a rock band, a disco king, and, eventually the hero of his town.
With the help of his devoted and exhausted friend Gus the Guinea pig, near disasters are averted and desperate situations are turned into successes. Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck is sure to captivate readers of all ages as they accompany the sleepwalking goat on his mad-cap nightly ventures. Finnish author and illustrator Mauri Kunnas’ artwork is filled with rich and humourous detail. The comic-style pictures provide a lively tapestry of characters, including a motorcycle gang of cats and crocodiles, Wally Wurst the hippopotamus in charge of the sausage factory, Mr Clutterbuck singing in the shower and Mucker Mack, the messiest mess maker in town.
Kunnas is Finland’s most successful author of illustrated children’s books. To date, over 40 of his titles have been published in 36 countries with almost 10 million sold globally.
Goodnight Mr. Clutterbuck is a hilarious story with riotous illustrations – a definite modern classic.