Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen

Aino Havukainen & Sami Toivonen work together as children’s authors, illustrators, and graphic designers. For the young Finnish readers they are best known as the creators of the hilarious Oddville boys, Tatu and Patu, whose limitless imagination we can admire already in 22 titles to date. The riotous humour of these hugely popular illustrated books appeals to children and adults alike. Tatu and Patu: This is Finland won the Finlandia Junior prize in 2007 and in 2017 the authors were granted the Finland State Prize for Children’s Culture. In Finland Tatu and Patu books have sold over 1 million copies and the translation rights have been sold in 23 languages. 

Aino Havukainen was born in 1968. She graduated as a graphic designer from Lahti Institute of Design in 1992 and has worked as multimedia designer and as an AD in an advertising agency until the beginning of her free lance career in 1996. Sami Toivonen was born in 1971. He graduated also as a graphic designer from Lahti Institute of Design in 1994 and has worked free lance since 1996. He was awarded in 1989 with the Finnish Critics’ Association’s award “Boost for Criticism” for his comic strips, given annually to a young artist for a fresh artistic breakthrough.

 

Photo: Katja Tähjä

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Awards & Nominations

Awards

  • 1st prize in Mikkeli Illustration Triennial

    1999

  • Vuoden Huiput – The Best of Finnish Creative Design honorary mention

    1998

  • Rudolf Koivu Award

    2001

  • Rudolf Koivu honorary mention

    2005

  • Kaarina Helakisa Literary Prize

    2006

  • Finlandia Junior Prize

    2007

  • The Finnish Illustration Association Kaiku Award for significant breakthrough (Veera and Tatu and Patu books)

    2007

  • Tietopöllö Award

    2010

  • Fulda Children's Academy Golden Bookworm Prize

    2011

Nominations

  • Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Children's Literature Award)

    2011

  • Finlandia Junior Prize

    2012

  • Finlandia Junior Prize

    2020

  • Sarjakuva- Finlandia

    2021

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  • Veera and the Farm Animals

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  • Veera’s Best Ever Book of Vehicles

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  • Tatu and Patu in Helsinki (Tatu ja Patu Helsingissä)

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  • Tatu and Patu at the Kindergarten

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  • Tatu and Patu Go to Work

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  • This is Finland (Tatun ja Patun Suomi)

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  • Tatu and Patu’s Oddball Bedtime Book

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  • Tatu and Patu’s Amazing Alphabets (Tatun ja Patun oudot aakkoset)

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  • Tatu and Patu: Superheroes!

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  • Tatu and Patu, Time to Eat! (Tatu ja Patu, syömään)

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  • This is Finland – Tatu and Patu’s Activity Book (Tatun ja Patun Suomi touhukirja)

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