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Sven Nordqvist started out as an architect and worked as an advertising artist for a while. It was in 1983, when he won a competition of best picture book at OPAL, that he started as an illustrator and author. His competition contribution was the book Agaton Öman och alfabetet, which has become a huge success in Sweden and is still popular 27 years later. As the story is about the alphabet it is very hard to translate it into other languages than the Nordic ones. A year later Sven Nordqvist wrote and illustrated his first book about an old man, Pettson, and his cat Findus, and this reknowned independent series of 8 books has been translated into around 40 languages.
Children of all ages should be introduced to Farmer Pettson and his talking cat, the irrepressible Findus. They’ve been favourites with readers in Europe for decades and it’s great to see this new edition which comes with the endorsement of Philip Pullman. Pettson is having one of those days and doesn’t want to do anything other than sit glumly and feel sorry for himself. Findus is cheerier than ever and determined to lift Pettson’s spirits. He knows a fishing trip will do it and devises an ingenious plan to get Pettson down to the lake. The relationship between the two – familiarity, exasperation, tenderness – is beautifully portrayed and the illustrations are full of charm. With a longer text than most picture books, this is a satisfying story for bedtime, or anytime and is the 9th in the series. ~ Andrea Reece You might also like the charming story of Findus Goes Camping. Nathan Large, translator of the Findus books, says: "Illustrator Sven Nordqvist and his odd creations Pettson and Findus are household names in their native Sweden and beyond. Over the past two decades their books have been translated into 29 languages and read by millions (It can take a while for us English-speakers to catch up with what the rest of the world is reading). Cranky old Pettson and his stripey-trousered cat have developed a cult following among both children and adults, and when you meet them you’ll understand why."
Sven Nordqvist’s picture book characters Farmer Pettson and Findus, his irrespressible talking cat, lead lives firmly rooted in the natural world and this charming activity book is full of things to do and make involving plants, flowers and all that we find around us at different times of the year, from growing a herb garden to making bark boats, or creamy vegetable soup. Pettson and Findus are the perfect companions in all this, working happily in the pictures side by side, and clearely explaining to young readers what they have to do. Short extracts from stories about the pair of them are scattered throughout the book adding to the appeal. This is a quirky and unusual craft book but one that will become a real favourite with curious children and their parents. ~ Andrea Reece Find out more about the work behind this book, contained in a poster here.
Farmer Pettson begins to sow his vegetables and because Findus doesn't like vegetables he decides to plant one of his meatballs instead. However keeping the vegetable garden safe from the farm animals proves a hard task for Findus and Pettson.
Every day at four o'clock in the morning, Findus likes to jump up and down on his bed. He wakes Pettson, who tells him to stop. Because cats really need their early morning exercise, Findus decides to find a house of his own where he can jump and bounce when he likes. But jumping on beds is one thing - living without Pettson is quite another...
It is the day before Christmas Eve and there is lots to do, but disaster strikes when Pettson sprains his ankle. How can they celebrate Christmas now, with no tree, ham, meatballs or gingerbread? For all their resourcefulness, Findus and Pettson are close to giving up, when suddenly there is a knock on the door...
Findus and Pettson live in a red farmhouse, with a henhouse, workshop and toolshed set among forests, fields and meadows.One day, Findus finds a tent in the attic. Pettson starts imagining how it will be going camping by the lake, catching fish and grilling them over the fire as the sun sets. This is not exactly how things turn out, as Findus, Pettson and the hens try hiking in the garden.
There's a hen-hunting fox on the loose. But farmer Pettson and his quirky cat Findus agree that foxes shouldn't be killed. They should be tricked. They come up with a fabulous plan which makes for an explosive, unforgettable night.
Farmer Pettson sat doing the crossword, with Findus the cat on his knee. Tell me about when I disappeared, said Findus. You haven't disappeared, said Pettson, you're sitting right here. Yes, but ? when I was little. Oh then ...But you've heard the story so often before. But tell it to me anyway! So here is the story of when Findus was little and disappeared.
It is Findus the talking cat's birthday, so Farmer Pettson wants to bake a big stack of pancakes for the cat who has three birthdays a year. But how can they get the eggs when the bull is in the way? But before he can start baking, Pettson has to fix a puncture on his bike, find the keys to the shed and distract Anderson's bull. Only then can he bike to the shop to buy flour for the pancakes
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