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Hattie and Olaf


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“Frida Nilsson is such a good writer—original, intelligent, combining substance with strong plot—and Hattie is a very true picture of the rebellious, overenthusiastic six-year-old in all of us.” Julia Marshall, Publisher

About the Author

Frida Nilsson is a leading Swedish author who has been an August Prize nominee three times and won the Astrid Lindgren Prize in 2014. In 2017 she was selected as one of Europe’s best emerging writers for young people through the Hay Festival’s Aarhus 39. Her books have been translated throughout Europe and nominated for the prestigious Youth Literature Prize in Germany and several literary awards in France. Nilsson’s writing is characterised by humour and sincerity. She writes about the big questions in life—friendship, death and love—and has been compared to Roald Dahl and Astrid Lindgren.

Stina Wirsén is one of Sweden’s most popular and prolific children’s book illustrators. She has illustrated and written numerous books of different genres that have been published all over the world and dramatized on stage and TV.


Wirsén’s black-and-white illustrations are full of spark and life, complementing the story’s quirky aspect. A sparkling story that honors the sensibilities and world of young schoolchildren.
*Kirkus Reviews*

"Hattie and Olaf" is an impressively original, deftly written, and charmingly entertaining novel by author/storyteller Firda Nilsson that is nicely illustrated with black-and-white sketch art by illustrator Stina Wirsen.
*Midwest Book Review, Children's Bookwatch*

Hattie and Olaf is a heartwarming and hilarious addition to a series I love. I can’t wait to see what Frida Nilsson does next!
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