Tuesday, July 8, 2014

You've got a friend.....

Quote of the day:          " There is no friend as loyal as a book."  - Ernest Hemingway

Today's featured book:

Title:  Findus Disappears!

Author/Illustrator:  Sven Nordqvist

You are just going to love what is inside.....let's take a peek shall we?

About the book:

I fell in love with this book when I first looked at the cover.  The illustrations are just brilliant.  Every single page is extremely detailed, expressive and enables you to get lost in the visuals.  You can go back a hundred times and find something new that the author/illustrator has embedded in the pictures.  Every page contained virtual jokes that add humour and warmth to the story. The storyline will touch your heart and induce giggles as you turn from page to page.  The love and loyalty that is portrayed between a lonely, forsaken farmer and a little spunky kitten that comes to live with him will bring a smile to your face again and again as you read on.  This little feline literally turns the farmer's despondent life into one full of shared chattering, loving nurturing and unconditional caring.  Both parties realize their true value to each other when Findus, the darling little kitten goes missing and the farmer, frantic with worry finally uncovers a weeping, scared little guy who is forever grateful for his rescue by his human best friend.  I highly, highly recommend this book.  It is truly one you will want to own and that will inspire you to go forth and read more in his series, "Pettson and Findus," starring the same endearing and loveable characters.  

About the author/illustrator:

Sven Otto Rickard Nordqvist (born 30 April 1946) is a Swedish writer and illustrator of children's books, best known for his series Pettson and Findus, about the old farmer Pettson and his talented cat Findus.[1]


Nordqvist was born in Helsingborg and grew up in Halmstad, Sweden. He originally wanted to be an illustrator but was rejected by several art schools. Instead he studied architecture at Lund Institute of Technology, and worked for a time there as a lecturer in architecture. At the same time he continued to look for work as an illustrator working on advertisements, posters and picture books. In 1983 he won first prize in a children's book competition and since then has worked exclusively as an author and illustrator of children's books.
He is married and has two adult sons.
During his career, he has been given awards in both Sweden and Germany. His Pettson and Findus books are especially popular in Germany, where the characters are known as Pettersson and Findus. In Danish they are called Peddersen and Findus. In Norwegian they are called Pettersen and Findus. In Finnish they are called Pesonen and Viiru. And in English, Festus and Mercury, though English translations of the books exist with the original names kept. Pettson and Findus was adapted for television in 1999.[2]
In 2007 he won the literary award Augustpriset in the children's books category, for his book Var är min syster? ("Where is my sister?"). In 1992 he won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis.

Book Review Rating:  9  (Close to perfection!)

Read on and read always!  Have a great day everyone.

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