09 / 2009
approx. 200
230 x 290 mm
4-colour illustrations
Children's books & YA
Children's Picture Books
Published by:
Mauri Kunnas

I, Mauri Kunnas
(Minä Mauri Kunnas)


The beloved children’s author celebrates 30 years of drawing

How did a small-town kid who liked to play at Robin Hood become a successful, world-famous author? This long-awaited biography of Finland’s most popular picture-book author and illustrator is a celebration of imagination. The reader travels with the artist on a fun and unusual trip to learn the origins of beloved drawn characters and lively tales.

The story progresses from Kunnas’ family roots and childhood games to the important turning points of his youth. The most important factors in his future career choices are his family and his musical and artistic hobbies. Later phases of his life are smoothly interlinked with his literary output.

The book is based on extraordinary interview material. The illustrations encompass everything from interesting photo-album finds to treasures from among his early drawings, from The Finnish Book of Elves, published in 1979, to his retelling of Robin Hood, appearing in 2009.

Illustrator, comic book artist and author Mauri Kunnas is already an institution in Finland, and his whimsical humour appeals to children and adults around the world. His illustrated children’s picture books have been translated into almost 30 languages.

Edited by Lotta Sonninen.