Timo Parvela
Pasi Pitkänen
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108pp, Black and white illustrations, Age: 7+

Pete’s Football Book

Paten jalkapallokirja

Has Pete taken his eye off the ball?

Pete’s the lovable but slightly scatterbrained boy from the super-popular Ella and Friends books. Now he’s back in another book of his very own!

The Bears, Pete’s football team, are competing in a big tournament, but to his friends’ astonishment, Pete isn’t selected to be the striker! Even though he loves football more than anything else and he’s a brilliant player. But Pete doesn’t take it lying down. Instead, he decides to put together his own squad for the tournament. He wants to line up teammates like Messi, Ronaldo and Zlatan, but they’re awfully hard to get hold of.

Fortunately Pete’s got some new friends who might be able to play – that is, if they can get the tournament entry fee together. A three-legged dog, Pete’s 90-year-old neighbour Eino and the man who collects empty bottles in the park aren’t exactly anybody’s idea of a dream team. But could his enthusiastic teammates have some hidden talents?


Pete’s Blog, 2014
Pete’s Football Book, 2015
Pete’s Fishing Book, 2016
Pete’s Treasure Hunt, 2017
Pete, the King of the Jungle, 2018
Pete and the Monster of Black Ness, 2019
Pete and the Savannah Heroes, 2020
Pete and the Alaskan Treasure, 2021


Finnish PDF
German translation, set in layout

Prizes and nominations

2017, shortlisted for the Lese-Kicker Prize (Germany)

Series rights sold

Czech (Portál)
Danish (Bogoo)
German (Hanser)
Estonian (Ajakirjade)
Hungarian (Cerkabella)
Latvian (Zvaigzne ABC)
Polish (Widnokrąg)