Dad Man and the Exploding Poop

Arttu Unkari

Original title: Isämies ja räjähtävä kakka

Author: Arttu Unkari

Illustrator: Kai Vaalio

Published: 2020

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

Adults who think they know everything and children who are forced to clean up the messes - the Dad Man series offers hilarious adventures!

·  The first Dad Man title published in 2020!

·  Nominated for Storytel awards 2020 (Best children’s audiobook) and Best Newcomer of the Year 2020

·  4 books available and more to come

·  For fans of David Walliams and Captain Underpants

- 100,000 copies sold in Finland!

- 4 books available and more to come, with 5th book coming in 2024 - work as standalones and can be read in any order!

A horrific poop explosion flies the minister of education to the Moon in the middle of a regular evening. And even worse is yet to come: it turns out there's a mad inventor behind it all, who is threatening more explosions if no one solves his twisted riddle.

The pride and role model of the police force, the heroic Dad Man, is not one to flinch and immediately sets out to solve the case. However, his nine-year-old daughter Oona knows that Dad Man's investigations lead to nothing but disarray. Oona has no choice but to take matters into her own hands.

The duo smartly combines the narrative styles of comics and prose. Vaalio’s illustrations offer many visual jokes and almost accidentally urges one to read Unkari’s story.

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Otava (orig.)
GERMANY: Mixtvision

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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