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Karo Hämäläinen - Salla Savolainen

Hurraa Helsinki! Ikioma kaupunki

Published by Tammi Publishers
Printed and bound by BALTO print, Lithuania
Reproduced by Keski-Suomen Sivu Oy
Graphic design Markko Taina
Paper G-Print 150 g/m2
Typeface Chaparral Pro, Franklin Gothic

These joyous city images offer a wealth of content for children and adults to peruse. Hometown readers will encounter many dear and familiar things in this book but it serves just as well as a guide for a child visiting Helsinki. The information boxes, illustrations brimming with details and surprises, and the text parts mindful of children turn this journey into an expedition into the rich world of design - objects, outfits, places to play, pastry...

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Marika Maijala - Réka Király

Lunta sataa, Lupo!

Published by WSOY
Printed by Leo Paper Production, Hong Kong
Graphic design and illustration Marika Maijala, Réka Király
Paper C2S Art Board 250 g/m2, matt varnish
Typeface Clarendon

A delightful children´s book made in "peek-a-book" spirit. Surprises are to be found behind the holes and folds. The pages are solid enough even for the hands of the smallest readers. The red cloth spine nicely suits the cheerful illustrations filling the double page spreads.

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Marika Maijala - Juha Virta

Sylvi Kepposen kirjekaveri

Published by Otava Publishing Company Ltd.
Printed and bound by Otavan Kirjapaino Oy
Reproduced by Aste Kirjat Oy
Graphic design and illustration Marika Maijala
Paper Edixion 140 g/m2
Typeface ITC American Typewriter

The tall and narrow format has once again been used so skillfully that it feels new. The front and back cover form almost of their own will an amusing entity, decisively divided by the red spine. Illustrations fill the pages inside starting from the endpages, leaving only the title page white. The coloring and composition is so vibrant and light that the reader´s interest is never lost.

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Hellevi Salminen

Kuinka pikku Täplästä tuli iso koira

Published by Otava Publishing Company Ltd.
Printed and bound by Otavan Kirjapaino Oy
Reproduction Aste Kirjat Oy
Graphic design and illustration Erika Kallasmaa
Paper Lux Cream 1.8 70 g/m2
Typeface Otavan Aapinen

A warm and loveable book. Its small size and endearing appearance are delightful. The illustrator must know the subject well, so distinct are her small studies of dogs and their territories. She has brought the best out of the black and whiteness of the illustrations, by richly altering different textures and surfaces. The illustrations of different sizes and shapes enliven the layout in a charming way. The typography is refreshing with its relaxed hand lettering. You´d almost want to cuddle this book!

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