Original title: Paavali Pattinen, supernolo supersankari
Author: Hannele Lampela
Illustrator: Pasi Pitkänen
Genre: Middle Grade (8-12 Years)
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
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
DENMARK: Bogoo Boks