Miikka Pörsti – Anne Vasko: Gorilla

A humorous story about feelings, friendship and not breaking apart.

Author: Miikka Pörsti
Illustrator: Anne Vasko
Finnish original: Gorilla
Publisher: S&S, 2020
Genre: illustrated children’s fiction
Number of pages: 32 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English translation

Rights sold: Estonia, Elust enesest; South Korea, Korean Studies International

Eino has a special quirk: he easily goes to pieces.

It happens when anything saddens him. Once Eino broke down when he heard that there were children who had no guests at their birthdays. Eino can also crack when he’s afraid – or laughs fit to burst.

Gorilla, who goes to the same playgroup, beats his chest and frightens Eino whenever he gets a chance – and then Eino shatters to pieces even more easily. But one day something happens that makes Gorilla himself break completely, and after that everything changes.

An original, funny and moving picture book about feelings and how to deal with them stresses the importance of friendship.

About the authors:
Miikka Pörsti
Anne Vasko