It is Findus’ birthday, so Farmer Pettson wants to bake a big stack of pancakes for the cat who has three birthdays a year. But how can they get the eggs when the bull is in the way?
Before he can start baking, Pettson has to fix a puncture on his bike, find the keys to the shed and distract Anderson’s bull. Only then can he bike to the shop to buy flour for the pancakes.
Findus and Pettson live in a ramshackle red farmhouse in the country, with a henhouse, workshop and woodshed. Their world is a fascinating, magical one inhabited by tiny creatures who move Pettson’s tools about when he isn’t looking.
In total over 18 million copies of Pettson and Findus books have been sold worldwide and they have been translated into 55 languages. Sven Nordqvist’s stories have been adapted for TV, film and theatre. He is one of Sweden’s most popular illustrators, winning the Swedish Literature Award, the Astrid Lindgren Prize and the Elsa Beskow Medal.
Praise for the Findus and Pettson Series
“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
“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.” —Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week
“(Pancakes for Findus) makes for a perfect recipe – both for a story and for pancakes.” —Zoe Toft, Playing by the Book
Pancakes for Findus was originally published as Pannkakstårtan by Opal bokförlag