Markus Majaluoma: Hulda kulta, luetaan iltasatu! [Hulda dear, let’s read a bedtime story!]

27 January 2011 | Mini reviews, Reviews

Hulda kulta, luetaan iltasatu!
[Hulda dear, let’s read a bedtime story!]
Helsinki: WSOY, 2010. 24 p., ill.
ISBN 978-951-0-36284-6
€ 23.20, hardback

Since 1996, illustrator Markus Majaluoma (born 1961) has written and illustrated 17 children’s books. His picture books have been translated into six languages. In this, the third book of its series, Jalmari reads a bedtime story chosen by his strong-willed baby daughter Hulda – one that they’ve read a hundred times before, children being famously conservative in this regard. In the story, a wasp stings a bear. Jalmari falls asleep, but as clever little Hulda knows how the story ends, there will be a surprise for the snoring dad. The stripped-down little narrative is fleshed out with plenty of details in Majaluoma’s highly original illustrations (the wasp playfully stings with its snout) often standing in humorous counterpoint to the text, an amusing bonus for the adult reading it as a bedtime story.
Translated by Ruth Urbom

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