Benjamin Bateman - Super Embarrassed Superhero

Hannele Lampela

Original title: Paavali Pattinen, supernolo supersankari

Author: Hannele Lampela

Illustrator: Pasi Pitkänen

Published: 2022

Publisher: Otava

Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 120

Reading material:

Finnish text, English sample

What if your superhero costume looked like a butterfly and your only superpowers would be having a good heart and great imagination? Welcome to the embarrassing life of Benjamin Bateman!

  • First joint 3-book series for award-winning and bestselling writer-illustrator super team Hannele Lampela and Pasi Pitkänen!
  • Film in development!
  • Nominee for the Arvid Lydecken Award 2023
  • Rights sold to Denmark!
  • The second book will be published in Finland in May 2023!

The wholly hilarious and thrilling adventures of a super embarrassing superhero for middle-graders!

Benjamin Bateman is stunned when he finds out that he is part of a family of superheroes. Who would’ve believed that about poor Benjamin?

Benjamin’s superhero costume is quite embarrassing though – a butterfly. And his superpower is even more mortifying – having a good heart and great imagination! But when Benjamin must battle the terrifying Mortem, his imagination will come in handy.

The story is enriched by the colorful illustrations of Pasi Pitkänen.

Every kid wants to be a superhero. Benjamin Bateman finds out that he is a superhero from Martinlaakso, but the superpowers are missing every now and then. Is it possible there’s been a mistake after all? A very everyday story gets wings when Benjamin understands that he truly is of a superhero family. The narration is breathtaking, but not tiring. The plot really hooks one in, and it is hard to set the book down. The different time periods create ellipsis in the story, and the vivacity of it is awe-inspiring. As a superhero, Benjamin is humane and human-sized, which makes the story very relatabl

Arvid Lydecken Award jury

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Bogoo Boks

About author

Hannele Lampela

Hannele Lampela's lovable works have been praised above all for their rich humor and ability to truly show the world from a child's perspective. She has the ability to enchant her readers, and that is why both children and adults love her stories. Lampela's works have been dramatized for example by the Finnish National Theater, Kuopio City Theater and YLE's radio plays. She has been awarded the prestigious Kaarina Helakisa Prize for her work and she has been nominated for Runeberg Junior award in 2019 and for Storytel Award, and Arvid Lydecken Award in 2020.

In addition to her fictional works, Lampela has written and created  a world of stories for the next national ABC book of Finnish schools. First graders across the country will learn to read through Hannele’s texts. Lampela lives in a small wooden house in the middle of apple trees with her family, and spends her days not only writing, but also pampering herself and others on a regular basis.


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