- Publisher: Hawthorn Press Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 28 pages
- Dimensions: 212mm x 300mm x 8mm | 358g
- Publication date: 1 January 2008
- Publication City/Country: Stroud
- ISBN 10: 190345879X
- ISBN 13: 9781903458792
- Illustrations note: full colour line drawings throughout
- Sales rank: 39,010
It is Findus the talking cat's 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? But 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
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SVEN NORDQVIST (b. 1946) is a leading 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.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
A worldwide hit, the wonderful Pancakes for Findus finally gets an English translation. And what a treat this is. This is the first story (of a series of nine) of the adventures of the eccentric, but definitely not mad, Farmer Pettson and his clever, dungaree-wearing cat Findus. The book is said to be a firm favourite of the writer Philip Pullman and it isn't difficult to see why. Findus and Pettson live in a broken-down old cottage in the countryside. And when Pettson isn't looking the tiny creatures who live with him and Findus infuriatingly and comically move things around.
First published in Sweden in 1985, Pancakes for Findus has the lovely, nostalgic feel of an old European folk tale, but with the added mischievousness and wit of a modern classic. A wonderful picturebook that creates a whole world of it own this is absolutely not to be missed. (Aimed at 5-7 year olds; but older and younger will thoroughly enjoy.)
"'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"