Dad Man and the Evil Little Brother

Arttu Unkari

Original title: Isämies ja paha pikkuveli

Author: Arttu Unkari

Illustrator: Kai Vaalio

Published: 2021

Publisher: Otava

Genres: Chapter Books (6-9 Years), Middle Grade (8-12 Years)

Pages: 176

Part of a series: Dad Man series

Reading material:

Finnish pdfs books 1-4

Little siblings are always up to no good - sometimes they even get tangled in thefts!

·  The second Dad Man title published in 2021!

·  Nominated for Storytel awards 2021 (Best children’s audiobook)

·  4 books available and more to come

·  For fans of David Walliams and Captain Underpants

·  A perfect “Gateway series to literature” for reluctant readers

·  Anarchist plotlines and multilayered humour that appeals to all ages

·  Bold and fresh 4-colour comic-book style artwork that add visual jokes to the narration

Something odd is going on, because adults have started to behave stranger than usual - they are telling the truth!

At the same time, there’s a wave of mysterious gold thefts in the city - even goldfish go missing! Oona is sure that her cute little brother Veikka knows more than he lets on. But how to prove it? As usual, the totally incompetent policeman Dad Man is mishandling his robbery investigations, and Oona must rush to the rescue. But the evil little brother is always one step ahead.

The books illustrated by Kai Vaalio offer plenty of delightful things to look at, and one can sink into the pictures for a long time. Dad Man and his family’s adventures examine today’s themes with a whack-crazy attitude.

Helsingin Sanomat

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)

About author

Arttu Unkari

Arttu Unkari is a teacher from Helsinki and a Master of Education (University of Helsinki, 2015) who majored in ethics and philosophy.  He combines his educational background and experience as a teacher in his books – his stories are anarchist and zany, but at the same time the humour often revolves around profound and intriguing concepts such as honesty, obedience, and morality in ways that speak to children in their own language. His books are enjoyed by adults as well because they contain layers that open up differently to readers of all ages. This is one of the reasons Dad Man is such a great series for the whole family.

As an author Unkari is a Runeberg prize nominee 2023 for the third instalment of the Dadman series: Dad Man and the Horrible Hypnosis (Isämies ja hyytävä hypnoosi, Otava 2022). The Runeberg Prize is a literary prize awarded by the newspaper Uusimaa, the City of Porvoo, the Finnish Writers' Union, the Finnish Critics' Association and the Finland’s-Swedish Writer’s Association. The prize was established in 1986 and it is awarded annually in Porvoo on 5th February, the day when Finland celebrates their national poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg. Three of his books (Dad Man and the Exploding poop, Dad Man and the Evil Little Brother, and Dad Man and the Horrible Hypnosis) have been nominated for best children’s audiobook in the 2020, 2021, and 2023 Finnish Storytel awards. He’s also participated in making a Finnish language schoolbook (Loikka 3, Otava 2022).

Unkari is a sought after inspirational speaker in his home country. He’s visited schools all over Finland advocating for the importance of reading.


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