Finnish / Finland
Pallen & Monkon kumma päivä
(Palle & Monko’s strange day)
Helsinki: Etana Editions, . –  p.
Forest | Mushroom | Friendship | Adventure | Art | Picture book
White Ravens issue: 2018
Reading age: 3+
Finnish publisher Etana Editions has made a name for itself in recent years with a small but sweet picture book production of consistently high artistic and graphic quality. “Pallen & Monkon kumma päivä” adds to this reputation. The picture book is about two friends named Monko and Palle. The two mushrooms live in the forest; one of them is blue, the other yellow. Today, they are very bored. Fortunately, they find colours and brushes and start to get creative. Boredom is replaced by action and adventure! Jenni Rope is known as a designer, cartoonist, and object artist. With Palle and Monko, she creates two lovable characters and shows that water colour technique need neither be stuffy nor antiquated. On the contrary: “Pallen & Monko” is fresh, modern, and lots of fun.