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Spotlight: Goodnight, Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas and translated by Jill Timbers


From the award-winning Mauri Kunnas, Finland’s most celebrated children’s author, a hilarious picture book which follows the adventures of a sleepwalking goat. Mr. Clutterbuck, a mild-mannered goat, sleepwalks his way into unimaginable adventures: one night the lead singer of a rock band, the next an entrepreneur, Mr. Clutterbuck soon finds himself the hero of his town. A book that will send readers of all ages into fits of laughter.

Mr. Clutterbuck is blissfully unaware of his reputation as the busiest and loudest sleepwalker in town. Meek and mild-mannered when awake, at night Mr. Clutterbuck seeks thrills and adventures. Often the accidental instigator of chaos, Mr. Clutterbuck soon becomes the lead singer of a rock band, an entrepreneur, a disco king, and, eventually, the hero of his town. Goodnight, Mr. Clutterbuck is sure to captivate readers of all ages as we wonder what kind of situation Mr. Clutterbuck will find himself in next. With a lively tapestry of characters, including a motorcycle gang of cats and crocodiles, a hippo in charge of a sausage factory, and an ill-tempered bull at a theme park, Mauri Kunnas playfully shows what can happen when you step outside your comfort zone.


Mr. Clutterbuck comes home from work and carries his groceries into the
kitchen. Just then the phone rings. It’s Mr. Clutterbuck’s friend.
“The boys are going roller skating. Want to join us?”
“Me? I don’t know how to roller skate!” says Mr. Clutterbuck. “Sounds too
wild for me! Thanks for asking, but I think I’ll just go to bed early tonight.”
And Mr. Clutterbuck does just that.
“Good night, Gus, buddy! Sleep tight!” says
Mr. Clutterbuck. He turns off the light and
falls asleep instantly.
“Good night, Clutterbuck,” answers Gus.
“First the nightshirt.
Then the cap,” he mumbles.
“Glass of warm milk.
Good for relaxing.”
“Brush my teeth,
up and down!”
“Tuck in Guinea Pig Gus.”
“Set the alarm, and hit the hay!”
But what’s this? Mr. Clutterbuck bolts upright in bed. Sound asleep,
he trots out into the street. Mr. Clutterbuck is the town’s busiest
sleepwalker, although he doesn’t know it.
“BzzzPSHAW. . .ha ha. . .BzzzPSHAW!” snores Mr. Clutterbuck.
He must be having a good dream.
“Here we go again,”
sighs Gus. “Running after a
sleepwalker is a job in itself !”

Excerpted from Goodnight, Mr. Clutterbuck by Mauri Kunnas. Copyright © 2017 by Mauri Kunnas. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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