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Findus and the Fox by Sven Nordqvist

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This is the third in the wonderfully original series that features Findus the cat and Farmer Pettson. All sorts of wacky inventions and wild ideas will confront the reader both visually through the incredibly intricate and detailed illustrations and through the reading of the text. In Findus and the Fox we find out just how to trick rather than kill a fox to stop him eating the chickens. Great stuff and certainly not to be missed for anyone of any age – child or adult.

The Findus stories were sparked by Sven Nordqvist playing with his two toddler sons at home in the anarchic chaos of his studio. He’s a leading Swedish children’s illustrator and writer who has won numerous prestigious book awards including the Astrid Lindgren Prize.

A message from Philip Pullman:
“It’s not often that we come across books with such immediate and lasting appeal. The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful. I’ve seldom seen such an endless, apparently effortless flow of invention. Readers young and old will spend happy hours poring over them to find all the details, and revisit them again and again. I cannot recommend them highly enough. Hurrah for Findus!”

Nathan Large, translator of the Findus books, explains: "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."


Findus and the Fox by Sven Nordqvist

This is the third in the world bestselling series of 9 Findus and Pettson story books. The series has sold over 7 million in 44 languages. It is an amusing story for reading aloud to 4/7 year olds who love the quirky illustrations, and for 7/8 year olds to read for themselves. The author/illustrator Sven Nordqvist has won many awards for his work in children's literature including the Elsa Beskow Prize and the Astrid Lindgren Prize. Findus and Pettson live in a red farmhouse, with a toolshed, henhouse, garden and outside toilet. They are surrounded by the forests, fields and meadows of rural Sweden. Every picture tells a story, with a fascinating, magical world of tiny creatures. Here are little bathtubs full of mice, a bunch of telephone poles jammed into a jar, small pink striped creatures peeking over the edge of a table...One day, their neighbour arrived with his dog and a shotgun, and asked, 'Have you had a visit from the fox? He stole one of my hens last night!' Findus says, Foxes shouldn't be shot, they should be tricked.' So they work out how to save their hens by surprising the fox...


The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful. I can't recommend them highly enough - Philip Pullman

About the Author

Sven Nordqvist

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.

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Publication date

29th June 2009


Sven Nordqvist

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Hawthorn Press Ltd


28 pages


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Picture storybooks



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