“When I close my eyes, I see herds of bearded beanieheads, sometimes bumping into each other.”
Author: Tomi Kontio
Illustrator: Elina Warsta
Finnish original: Isäni on hipsteri
Publisher: Teos Publishers, 2022
Genre: illustrated children’s novels (7+)
Number of pages: c. 80 pp.
Reading material: Finnish original, English sample, English synopsis
Nuutti and his friend Selma first hear about hipsters in fourth grade: it turns out that Selma’s mother has called Nuutti’s father a hipster. Nuutti doesn’t understand. What on earth is a hipster? Could his father really be one? They need to find out.
After applying an eclectic mix of research methods and spying the kids come across a lot of curious facts: most often, a hipster will deny being a hipster; a subspecies of a hipster is a blender; a hipster can try to conceal his hipster identity by changing his Cousteau beanie for a mysse cap; Selma’s mother is missing content in her life; Nuutti’s father provides content, at least from kale, ginger and fungus; and the headmaster of the school is longing for a particular stew his grandmother used to make.
The new children’s novel by Finlandia Junior-awarded Tomi Kontio catches the essence of being a kid. Solving the hipster issue grows into a warm-hearted story of longing, remembering, family and friendship. The beautiful illustrations by Elina Warsta are especially appealing for the young readers.