Revonpuro, a children’s fantasy book by author Mervi Heikkilä, was published in Hungary in June. The book has been published by Főnix Könyvműhely and translated into Hungarian by Anna Inkeri Pap. Founded in 1995, Főnix is one of Hungary’s leading publishers of children’s and young people’s literature.
– We wanted to publish a book for children from a smaller language area and Finland was first on our list. Kumma Literary Agency presented a list of Finnish books and their synopsis. Our CEO especially liked the atmosphere of the Revonpuro book, so we decided to publish the book, says Èva Vancsó from the publishing house.
Revonpuro is the first book in a three-part fantasy series. The main character in the series is an adventurous girl named Owl. At the beginning of the book, Pöllö lives in the forest and can’t even read, but saving the home forest from a greedy manor lord requires Pöllö’s completely new skills and takes him on an exciting adventure.
In Hungary, too, the reading of children and young people has decreased. The Főnix publishing house has also started the matter and the publishing house co-operates a lot, e.g. with schools and libraries to promote children’s reading. The publishing house also has its own reading competition “Reading is good” for 7-14 year olds, which presents various books from Hungary and abroad. Revonpuro will be added to this competition in the autumn, and if there are enough readers, the sequels to the series will also be translated into Hungarian.