PUBLISHED IN THE UK BY HAWTHORN PRESS

Pancakes for Findus

28pp; 297 x 210mm; 978-1-903458-79-2; hardback; £10.99 
 

Pancakes for Findus
Sven Nordqvist

This is the first story in the adventures of farmer Pettson and his cat Findus. Pettson wants to bake a birthday cake for the cat who has three birthdays a year. But how can they get the eggs when the bull is in the way?

Findus and Pettson live in a ramshackle cottage in the country, with a henhouse, workshop and woodshed. Their world is a fascinating, magical one inhabited by tiny creatures who move Pettson's things about when he isn't looking.

Sven Nordqvist is a leading Swedish children's illustrator and writer. The Findus and Pettson stories draw on his playful adventures with his two young sons. His unique illustrations are inspired by a delight in everyday life.

The Findus and Pettson series

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"I love the Findus books. I came across them when I was in Sweden a couple of years ago, and I think they're enormously inventive, funny and charming. My grandchildren love them too."

Philip Pullman
 
When Findus Was Little   

FORTHCOMING IN THIS SERIES

The next Findus and Pettson book to be published in the UK by Hawthorn Press is When Findus Was Little and Disappeared.

 

The Sunday Times

Children's Book of the Week

9th December 2007

Reviewed by Nicolette Jones

 

One of Philip Pullman's favourites, this picturebook-sized storybook, translated into English at last, is the first of a series of nine about Farmer Pettson and his cat Findus, who wears dungarees and speaks.

First published in 1985 in Sweden, where the award-winning author and illustrator is celebrated, it has since appeared in 44 languages. The tale is a comic unravelling of a puzzle about Pettson's eccentric behaviour, which includes tying a curtain to his cat's tail and seeming to add his trousers to his pancake batter, but which turns out to have a logical explanation. The delightfully characterised Pettson is eccentric, but not as much as his neighbours think he is. There is succinct and underplayed comedy, too, in his dry exchanges with his cat, whose body language is as expressive as his speech.

Best of all is the way in which the pictures create a world, not only depicting the farmhouse and surrounding countryside in irresistible detail, but also telling humorous little sub-narratives about the tiny creatures who live around the farm. Subsequent readings are bound to yield more discoveries than the first.