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The Camping Trip

The Adventures of Pettson & Findus

Pettson and Findus are back in this hilarious tale about camping.

When Findus finds a tent in the attic, Pettson starts imagining what it would be like to go hiking by the lake and to cook on the grill as the sun is setting. But when the hens want to join in the fun too . . . things turn out very differently than what Pettson had in mind.

Sven Nordqvist was born in Helsingborg, Sweden. Although he studied architecture, he always wanted to be an illustrator and found work illustrating advertisements, posters, and textbooks. In 1983 he won first prize in a children’s book competition and since then has worked as an author and illustrator of children’s books. He is a renowned children’s book illustrator and writer in Sweden and across Europe. When he’s not illustrating books for children, he spends time building playgrounds, children’s play areas at hospitals, and decorations for schools. Carpentry has always been an important part of Nordqvist’s life—often reflected in the actions of his industrious character Pettson—with the central goal being the enrichment of children’s lives. The beloved Pettson and Findus stories draw, in part, on Nordqvist’s loving observations of his two sons when they were younger. His unique illustrations are inspired by the delights of everyday life.

....this amusing picture book indeed offers a good story to tell, with a text sufficiently well crafted and detailed enough to engage children who may be reading on their own but still enjoy hearing books read aloud. The colorful, detailed ink-and-wash illustrations are full of energy and wit.

– Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

"Charming...This stand-alone title in a series is sure to win hearts and minds..."

– Vicky Smith, Kirkus Reviews

...the books as a whole are utterly charming and “The Camping Trip” is particularly fine.  By my thinking any book that displays a cat with a beanie is doing something right.

– Elizabeth Bird, School Library Journal, A Fuse #8 Production

Nordqvist’s illustration style is bursting at the seams with character and energy. He takes every opportunity to infuse little surprises under every leaf, in each nook and cranny...it is still a treasure that will lure a new generation of readers, rendering them life-long fans of Pettson and Findus.

– Cindy Helms, New York Journal of Books

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