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Spy Dad

Illustrated by Timo Mänttäri
Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Olivia is Fed up! Having a dad who’s a secret agent is hard: spies work long hours and travel a lot. Olivia wants more family time, so what’s to be done? In this fast-paced story, Dad makes a decision that takes them on an adventure. With dark and mysterious characters following in their tail, Olivia’s spy dad is always one step ahead. But he knows that vacations can’t last forever. Will Dad’s final decision make Olivia happy?

About The Author

Jukka Laajarinne is a Finnish author who has previously won the Nordic Picture Book Award (Granny’s Machine, 2005), and received two nominations for the prestigious Finlandia Junior Prize. He enjoys success across several genres, writing not only children’s books but also novels, science fiction, short stories and essays. Timo Mänttäri is a Finnish illustrator and versatile graphic designer whose work includes children’s books, book jackets, film graphics, postcards and posters. He lives and works in Helsinki, where he enjoys old films and bookshops, playing Lego with his two daughters and exploring the city on foot.

About The Illustrator

Timo Mänttäri is a Finnish illustrator and versatile graphic designer whose work includes children’s books, book jackets, film graphics, postcards and posters. He lives and works in Helsinki, where he enjoys old films and bookshops, playing Lego with his two daughters and exploring the city on foot.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (September 15, 2019)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623719616
  • Grades: P - 3

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Raves and Reviews

“Mäntärri works in zippy, exclamatory graphics rendered in Marimekko-esque patterns and colors, and offers some irreverent domestic humor… Given the plethora of books in which kids imagine themselves as ninjas and spies, readers of all ages may find it refreshing to see a parent with a secret life, too. Ages 3–8.”

“A comical and silly look at a most unusual lifestyle. A fun addition… The graphic style illustrations are bold and bright, and add more appeal for young readers.”

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