Book Review: Findus, Food and Fun

Findus, Food and Fun

Ann Giles, aka Bookwitch, has reviewed Findus, Food and Fun on her blog. Here is her review: thank you Ann.

I am going to have to eat sixty ice lollies. A mere two weeks ago I could have been spared this experience, as that is when the Resident IT Consultant was told in no uncertain terms (by me) that he’d have to get rid of his lolly stick collection (clean), since there was nothing sensible anyone could hope to use them for.

They would build you a little ice lolly stick house. That’s what. I have just read the new Findus, Food and Fun book about Pettson and Findus and what they do for each month of the year. In January you can build this lovely little house, as well as make a broom out of the dead Christmas tree. Unless you want to use it to stir your porridge. Ew.

The illustrations in this very useful and extremely inspiring book are by Sven Nordqvist, while the ideas are by Eva-Lena Larsson and Kennert Danielsson. If your child doesn’t pester you endlessly to make the things they read about in this book, I will eat those ice lollies. Or Pettson’s Christmas tree stirred porridge. No, perhaps not. There are limits.

It’s a very green and sensible book. Rather like the Swedes. But inspiring, nevertheless. And I have to admit that at some point in time I have probably made an awful lot of what’s in it.

There is sprouting and planting and harvesting and cooking/baking, making gifts for the little creatures that live under the floor (OK, I didn’t do that) and umpteen other ideas.

It is a little Swedish in places. That’s obviously good in many ways, except when it isn’t. Some things don’t make sense in other countries, and the marvellous Nathan Large who translated the words, clearly didn’t bat an eyelid over the cake that has to go in a crumb-lined springform pan. And, just maybe, it makes more sense to make rosehip soup to a tiny Swede who has been brought up on shop bought rosehip soup. It’s an acquired taste.

Making compost heaps and trying to grow stuff under the bed, it can be hard to tell if it’s Pettson, or Findus, who is the craziest. It’s not every cat that will feed mice. But their hearts are in the right place.

And so is the heart of this book. Use it all year round. Let me know when you’ve made the cake and I’ll call by.

Read Ann Giles’ blog here…

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Book Review: Findus, Food and Fun

Findus, Food and Fun

Lulu Burt reviewed Findus, Food and Fun. Here is an extract from the review; thank you Lulu!

Findus, Food and Fun by Sven Nordqvist, Eva-Lena Larsson and Kennert Danielsson – review by Lulu Burt

Do you remember that I reviewed “Findus Plants Meatballs” back in May of this year? It got a lovely 4 star review from me. Well, the clever people at Hawthorn Press (hi Meredith!) have sent me their latest book in the Findus series, which is called Findus, Food & Fun, to review – can it go even better?

Each month features several projects, many of them seasonal and loads of them are outdoor projects and things to do in the garden so immediately I am interested! Even some of the indoor projects can be given a gardening twist as you will see below (although many are already garden and nature related). From nature activities to foraging, baking to crafting this book is perfect for kids like me. Here are some of my favourite things about this book:

  • There are wonderful illustrations throughout the book making it bright and colourful.
  • It features Findus the cat who I already love and who features in LOADS of books
  • There are loads of projects to try each month
  • It is packed full of fascinating facts on all sorts of subjects
  • A lot of the projects just use up things you have lying around the house from old socks to beans, lollipop sticks to old bottles.

I have already tried out one of the projects which I have featured below but there are loads more I will be trying out including:

  • Chocolate leaf garnish (pretty and yummy!)
  • Rowanberry necklace
  • Suet bell for birdies
  • Magic tulips

I was so excited to get this book that I decided to make a project straight away. I chose to make the “yarn pompoms” from page 56. I just gave them a Lulu-style twist to make them even more relevant to me and my blog…

…I highly recommend Findus, Food & Fun. Maybe you could ask Santa for it for Christmas?

Here is my Lulu’s Book Review rating…

5 stars, yippee!

Happy reading and making everyone.

Hugs & kisses,

Lulu xx

Read the full review, with lovely photos, here…

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