Sunday, January 28, 2024

Tarhapäivä (#2) - Eve HIetamies / Hanna Männikkölahti

Tarhapäivä #2 - Eve Hietamies / Hanna Männikkölahti

STORY: Father Antti Pasanen is back at work and little Paavo is now five years old! Paavo is now in daycare, and Enni and Terttu remain good friends with the boys. They even go over vacation together to Cyprus. 

This is the second book in the series, the first being Yösyöttö (read my review here). While it is a sequel and involves many of the same characters, this book can be read also as a standalone. The first couple of chapters provides a summary of the first book.

LANGUAGE: Set in Helsinki in the near present, mostly told from father Antti's perspective. This book is 178 pages long, but the chapters remain short at only a couple of pages or so. There are black and white illustrations throughout. If you have read Yösyöttö or other full length adult selkokirjat, then you should be comfortable reading this book also. 

I rated Yösyöttö a B1+ language level recommendation and I suggest the same for this book.

CHARACTERS: Antti is a 45 year old single father. Pia, Paavo's mother, lives on her own, but is unable to take care of herself due to mental health issues. Paavo is 5, but seems to be developing slower than his good friend Terttu. Enni is a single mother who we met in book one and her daughter is Terttu. We also see familiar characters from book one, such as Antti's family and meet new characters.

A character list is provided in the front of the book.

WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK: If you are like me and read the first book, you'll want to get your paws on this second book. It's just as good as the first book, if not better in certain ways, now that the children are older. If you haven't read the first book, I recommend you pick it up. If it's not available, the definitely read this one. The trials and tribulations of a single father are often hilarious and many things the kids say belong on one of those ,Out of the Mouths of Babes, television shows. And what happens when two five year olds are brought together? I really enjoyed this book and hope you do too! 

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