More fun with Findus

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This is another gem from the author and illustrator who brought us The Fox Hunt and Pancakes for Findus.  When Findus was Little and Disappeared by Sven Nordqvist features the characters we have come to know and love, the quirky and forgetful Farmer Pettson and his curious talking cat, Findus.
The story opens with Findus asking Pettson to tell him the story about how he disappeared. We are told of how Farmer Pettson was a lonely old man who lived in his quiet farm house all by himself, but one day, his neighbour Bertha comes for a chat and suggests that he needs some company. She suggests that he needs a wife and I just love his reaction:

I’m used to looking after myself. I’m too old now. A whole wife would be too much.

Pettson decides that he would quite like a cat to keep him company and so Bertha delivers a cat to him, which he calls Findus after the ‘Findus Green Peas’ box that he is delivered in.

The book follows the capers of Pettson and his curious new friend Findus, who ends up getting trapped in the garden after he spies a badger.

Both the text and the illustrations are superb and there is so much to discover in each. The illustrations are so detailed that there are so many things to find for curious children who like more than to just hear the story.

A great read for parents and children to enjoy again and again as I’m sure you will find different things in the illustrations every time.

Music (and pancakes) makes the world go round

Although picture books are mainly aimed at children, there are some that come along from time to time that appeal more to adults and the new book by the illustrator of The Story of the Little Mole who Knew it was None of His Business is one of those. The book’s publisher, Gecko Press, describes Wolf Erlbruch’s new picture book, The Fearsome Five as ‘the story of five misfits who discover that what you look like doesn’t matter as much as what you do, and that being happy is a matter of attitude.’

Toad, Bat, Spider and Rat all believe that nobody likes them because they are ‘ugly’ and are feeling rather gloomy when Hyena comes along and tells them that it doesn’t matter what others think and that it is more important what you do. They all discover that they have hidden talents, including singing, whistling and making pancakes, and it is these skills that lead them to open a pancake palace. The music and the smell of the pancakes attract the other animals and they make some new friends.

The story and the style of the illustrations will appeal more to older children and adults, but the message of the story is universal.