I'll Become a Researcher

Tero Mielonen

Original title: Maailman tutkijat

Author: Tero Mielonen

Illustrator: Mari Ahokoivu

Published: 2021

Publisher: Ursa

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 53

Reading material:

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Have you ever wondered which children will grow up to be scientists? It’s kids like you!

  • How to turn your interests into a job
  • Includes jobs from humanities and science subject areas
  • Inclusive illustrations
  • Mari Ahokoivu won the Tieto-Lauri Award in 2022, the Puupäähattu Comic Book Award 2023 and has been nominated for the Finlandia Prize in 2021!

South American Kat used to examine the starry skies with her father and now her job is to search for new planets. Marjane loved hunting for treasures, and she became an archeologist who solves the mysteries of ancient cultures. Eduardo loved playing video games. He did not become a professional gamer, but now he creates climate models and ponders what our world will be like in a hundred years. All kinds of people do science, and anyone can become a scientist!

I'll Become a Researcher tells you the basics of every discipline with accuracy and precision. Even if a preschooler might not understand all the words, the excellent illustrations help bring the research equipment and objects of investigation to life. The presentation was also approved by my 12-year-old son, who is a little older than the target group. The comic at the end of the book gets a special commendation. A clear demonstration, I liked it!

- Elina Lindfors, Tähdet ja Avaruus -magazine, Finland

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Rights sold:
FINLAND: Ursa (orig.)
BULGARIA: Enthusiast
LATVIA: Latvijas Mediji


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About author

Tero Mielonen

Tero Mielonen (PhD) is an atmospheric scientist and a comic book enthusiast. He studies the role of atmospheric aerosols in climate change at the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He also enjoys public outreach in its various forms.

Mielonen has written a children’s book, I'll Become a Researcher (illustrated by Mari Ahokoivu) which gives introductions to several scientific fields and shows how you can still do the things you enjoyed as a child when you become a scientist. A graphic novel written by Mielonen, The Ozone Diary, was shortlisted for Comic/Graphic Novel at the British Fantasy Awards 2020. Mielonen lives in Kuopio and is partial to cycling everywhere.


2021, Non-Fiction

Tero Mielonen

I'll Become a Researcher