Sven Nordqvist (b. 1946) is well-loved 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.
Farmer Pettson decides it's time to sow vegetable seeds and plant potatoes, but his cat Findus does not want to grow vegetables: he likes meatballs so decides to grow those. What follows is a hilarious riot of seeds being sown, then all the chickens deciding to come and scratch them up and dig for worms. Findus and Pettson try desperately to protect the patch, but the characterful chickens are determined, and there is great humour in the dialogue and illustrations. Eventually a truce is reached, but then a pig and a herd of cows trample their hard work. It's a classic catch-and-chase story brilliantly done. Juno This was our first time meeting Findus and Pettson and we were delighted when we opened the package to find that they are beautiful, large hardback books! We were very excited to get started and Bundle Number One chose this book to share first (probably because he loves meatballs and we have been planting seeds in our garden recently!) The story begins 'On a beautiful Spring morning...' ideal seeing as we have a seasonal focus here at Monster House and Bundle Number One is currently fascinated with all things 'Spring'. A stunningly beautiful double paged illustration depicts Farmer Pettson at work in his garden, preparing to start planting...'It's time' he said 'today we can sow vegetables and plant potatoes...'but Findus the cat has other ideas...'...Can't we plant meatballs instead?' The story follows the two friends as they sow their seeds (and meatball!) only for their efforts to be scuppered by their hungry hens! They soon find a way to trick the cheeky hens back inside the fence. The next day there is more trouble, the Hens have found their way out again ...or have they? Add to this the worry of a fox and something has to be done! Findus and Pettson come up with a clever plan to stay up and guard the farm all night, brave Findus takes up his position in his tree house and waits...The next morning, Pettson is awoken by an alarmed Findus and discovers that this time, an entire herd of cows have found their way in... Cows! So how do they trick the cows out of their garden, and does Findus ever manage to plant a meatball...? Well, you will have to read the book and find out. This book really is lovely, a well written story with a humorous plot that adults and children alike can enjoy. The illustrations are excellent, the more you look at them the more details you see, look out for the tiny creatures in the background...Bundle Number One absolutely loved this story and I was amazed that he sat and listened for such a long story (in comparison to his usual picture books) I think the combination of excitement, humour and detailed, absorbing illustrations worked their magic. These are his thoughts on the story; 'It was funny when the chickens dig for worms because they make a mess and I like it when Findus wakes up Pettson and the string is tied around his big toe and the pictures are funny!' This story has been requested, and shared many times since it arrived and we look forward to sharing our next Findus and Pettson review with you!...as for how the friends trick the cows out of their garden, and does Findus ever manage to grow a meatball? You will have to read the book to find out -- Bundle Number One