Introducing Findus and Pettson

There was once a man called Pettson who had a cat named Findus. They lived in a little red house with a tool shed, a hen house, an outside toilet, a woodshed and a garden. Paddocks lay all around, and beyond them was the forest. (Pancakes for Findus )


… is a lively young tabby cat. He got his name by chance: as a kitten he came to old Pettson in a box of Findus frozen green peas. Findus has three birthdays a year because it’s so much fun to celebrate birthdays. He also likes to chase the hens. Pettson made him his little green trousers after the cat saw a similar pair in the newspaper. Perhaps the most special thing about Findus is that he can talk. But he only talks to Pettsson – he keeps his gift a secret from everyone else. He can also talk to the muckles who are all around. Pettson can’t do that. He doesn’t seem to see them at all.


… is a kind old man. He lives on his small farm in the Swedish countryside. He doesn’t like chatting very much. He likes being on his own. Although sometimes it could get quite lonely. But that was before Findus came along. After that, things took off! Pettson likes to spend time in the shed, coming up with and building tricky appliances. The trickiest thing he has built is a mechanical, talking Yule Tomte. He still doesn’t know how he managed that!  In the evenings Pettson usually sits in the kitchen and listens to the radio, drinking coffee and solving crossword puzzles while Findus lies comfortably on the kitchen sofa.

Do you know Findus and Pettson?

It’s not often that we come across books with such immediate and lasting appeal as Sven Nordqvist’s ‘Findus’ series. The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful… I can’t recommend them highly enough. Hurrah for Findus!

Philip Pullman
cover of Pancakes for Findus

“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

“I liked Findus and the Fox a lot. My favourite part was when everything was colourful and when Gustavsson was scared from Findus pretending to be a ghost Ooooooo! And everything went BANG, BING, KAPOW! I liked the bit when Pettson made a fake chicken out of a pepper balloon and glued feathers on it. All of the Findus and Pettson books are really good.”

Remy, aged seven.