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Pancakes for Findus (Findus and Pettson) Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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October 19th, 2007

After spending all of August trying to persuade Daughter to make me a pancake cake and failing, the witch was pleased to find that Findus of Swedish pancake fame is coming this way. The sensible people at Hawthorn Press are publishing Sven Nordqvist’s hilarious tale of crusty old Pettson and his cat Findus, who has three birthdays a year. (Between you and me, I always associated the name Findus with frozen peas, but that’s beside the point.) Offspring have enjoyed the pancake tale for years, and now it’s your turn, at long last.

Pettson and Findus live in a little red cottage in the country, and in this first story they encounter some obstacles to their plans for birthday pancakes. But obstacles are there to be overcome, aren’t they?

Sven Nordqvist, author and artist, grew up in the same town as the witch, though I don’t think our paths crossed. The Retired Children’s Librarian remembered that Sven made the posters for an event at the library as he was local talent. And I did come across the man in Gothenburg last year in my search for more signed books for the collection. (Artists do good signings.)

More coincidence here for the Pullman quote mad family—Philip is a fan, and this is what he has to say:

"It’s not often that we come across books with such immediate and lasting appeal as Sven Nordqvist’s Pancakes for Findus and his "Findus" series. 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 can’t recommend them highly enough. Hurrah for Findus!"

Hawthorn’s contact with my local bookshop mentions the book as being liked by the witch, and by Pullman. And it’s not often that the witch and Philip get bracketed together like this, so I shall shut up here and leave it to Pettson and his pet to charm you.

And then go make some pancakes.

About the Author

Sven Nordqvist is a leading Swedish children's illustrator and writer. Nordqvist was born in Helsingborg and grew up in Halmstad, Sweden. He originally wanted to be an illustrator but was rejected by several art schools. Instead, he studied architecture in Lund and worked as a lecturer in architecture in the university. Meanwhile, he looked for work as an illustrator of advertisements, posters, and picture books. In 1983, he won first prize in a children's book competition and since then has worked exclusively as an author and illustrator of children's books, which have won awards in Sweden and Germany. The Findus and Pettson stories draw on his own playful adventures with his two young sons. Nordqvist's unique illustrations are inspired by his delight in everyday life.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Findus and Pettson
  • Hardcover: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Hawthorn Press (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190345879X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903458792
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.3 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sven Nordqvist creates his stories in an amazingly alive world, filled with multiple layers. The cat Findus is the perfect animal representation of the children listening to/reading the story, and the kindly but occasionally grumpy Pettson is of course a great parent figure. He doesn't keep his house particularly tidy, frequently gets caught up in dealing with urgent demands (chickens, cows in the garden, etc), but ultimately does do the important things, like make food for Findus. Sounds like a lot of parents I know!

Little details make Pancakes for Findus a delight for adults and children. As you read, you start noticing other things -- like the chicken paramedics carrying away one of the broken eggs!

This isn't really the first book in the series. Findus and Pettson have an earlier incarnation as Festus and Mercury (Mercury being the cat), published by Carolrhoda Books. They're even funnier!
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I have been reading these boooks to my son for almost a year- always have checked them out from the library. My boy loves them so much- as do I- I thought it would be well worth adding them to our permanent collection. I was so dismayed to learn that the editions I have been reading are now out of print and very expensive to buy. Because these editions- printed in England a few years ago- are absolutely terribly translated. The language is stinted and self-conscious, almost as if the person doing the translating was still learning the english language. The stories and illustrations are wonderful- it's too bad the translations are so awful that I can't bear to read them.
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This book also goes by the title The Birthday Cake. Our family reads a lot and loves books, but any books about Pettson and his cat Findus are some of our favorites. We discovered them when spending a summer in northern Sweden (Pettson and Findus live in Sweden). The story line is great, but the pictures tell many more stories within the bigger story. Have fun!
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This book is the cutest! The title caught my attention because my Swedish-American group was about to have a Swedish pea soup and pancake supper and I was thinking of having a door prize--this book, because it's about Swedish pancakes. But after I read it, I decided no, I could not part with the book, so I gave it to myself . . . and no one was the wiser! In future, though, I may buy another copy for a door prize. Unless by then I've worn out the pages and need the second copy for myself as well. (Let 'em get their own copy! LOL)
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Very sweet book. Swedish bachelor, Pettson, lives simply, and loves his crazy cat, Findus. No snark in these books, just loving, funny interactions between Pettson, Findus, and the farm animals & neighbors. This is a book an adult could read over and over. Nice illustrations with lots of little things to discover. Very sweet without being sappy or pedantic.
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Lively, colorful, funny and filled with distinctive images of Sweden, this is a great book for all of your Swedish-American friends' children.
As a bonus, it includes a recipe for Swedish pancakes!
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After reading some reviews online, we did an inter-library loan and read Pancakes for Findus. We knew we had to add this to our permanent collection right away! Our son was 3 at the time and loved to read this at bedtime. He still does! We now have When Findus was Young and Disappeared and we have added Findus Goes Camping in preparation for this summer's camping trip.

Pancakes for Findus is funny and engaging. The illustrations are beyond detailed, as they are in all the books. We love seeing something new each time. As an adult, I pick it up and look through it to see what the Muckles are doing in the corners of the pictures. Sven Nordquist's illustration of Pettson's house is superb. It really gives the history of the man, a solid home that's been lived in and well-loved for decades. Just the kind of place you might imagine when you think of your grandparents. Pettson is kind-hearted towards Findus, even when he gets upset. That Gustavson--everyone has one of him around! He is in the other books as well.

I love the continuity of all the Findus books we have purchased so far and I'm sure over time we will own all of them. They are read very often in our home, by request of each family member, young and old!
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I first learned about Findus books in Germany. They are not german, but they are very popular there. I am drawn in by the colorful, amusing illustrations, which have so much detail, that you notice something new every time you look at them. The stories are good too. My favorites are "When Findus was very young and got lost" and "Pancakes for Findus" but all the books are great.
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