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Marika Maijala & Juha Virta


Marika Maijala is a prize-winning illustrator. Juha Virta is a songwriter and history teacher.

Together they have written novels about Sylvia Kepponen; their unique illustration style and charming stories are a delight to readers.


Press quotes

Maijala’s illustration is diverse and perceptive. – Turun Sanomat 2010

Juha Virta possesses the ability to write a large number of events into a tight package. He doesn’t prattle away, but is able to convey different nuances with his writing. – Lapin Kansa 2010



  • Sylvia’s Long Long Day (Sylvi Kepposen pitkä päivä, 2008)
  • Sylvia’s Shaggy Wolf Story (Sylvi Kepposen hukkaretki, 2010)
  • Sylvia’s Pen Pal (Sylvi Kepposen kirjekaveri, 2012)


Works published in / Rights sold to:

World Arabic
Simplified Chinese
Complex Chinese (Taiwan)


Published books