A brilliantly bizarre wordless wonder from an award-winning Swedish illustrator
It's time for Grandma's dog to go for a walk. The eager pooch tugs the boy's hand, excited to get going. But where will they end up?
This is a dog walk like no other, through amazing fairy-tale worlds, paintings come to life, Escher-esque castles, an intricately cluttered antique store, and past countless delights: walking teapots, miniature steamboats, giant hedgehogs and islands with sails.
This fantastical story of a dog and a boy is told entirely through the weird, whimsical and often hilarious illustrations. Children will pore over each page, delighting in the incredible details. Each reading will bring fresh discoveries and new twists to the tale.
Beloved Swedish children's illustrator Sven Nordqvist unleashes his endlessly inventive talent in this funny and satisfying wordless book. Walking the dog will never feel the same again.
'The unpredictable sense of scale unsettling, but the ink, watercolor, and acrylic drawings have the genteel elegance and wide-ranging imagination of classic fairy tale illustration and will reward multiple readings.'
– Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
'Amusement abounds in the mixture of modern and historical aesthetic elements, Alice in Wonderland variety in proportions of the fantastical beasts and people, and tiny, expressive faces.
The perfect choice for a rainy day for readers and nonreaders alike.'
– Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
'It begins straightforwardly enough: a child takes grandma's dog for a walk. Suddenly, everything changes - it's like Alice in Wonderland and M.C. Escher teamed up to make a wordless picture book. An incredibly intricate and dreamlike journey.'
– School Library Journal's list of The Most Astonishingly Unconventional Books of 2021.
'Descriptions for each page of this wordless story could merit a full-page review. Sven Nordqvist of Findus and Pettson fame has created a book that could be pored over and examined many, many times, each time discovering something new. (I used a magnifying glass to view the tiny, tiny figures)... Really you have to see this book; it defies description as the little girl and the dog travel to every imaginable fantasy world and back home to the old lady.'
– Youth Services Book Review, 5 stars
'A boy takes a dog for a walk through magical realms in this wordless seek-and-find book. The illustrations are an intricate delight for both children and their helpers, while finding the boy – in his red baseball cap – and his fluffy white dog remains an age-appropriate challenge. In the spirit of scavenger-hunt books, the illustrations are busy – a cluttered curio shop; an underwater playroom – but a fantastical twist makes this title a unique addition to the genre.'
– Foreword Reviews
Praise for Sven Nordqvist
'Nordqvist's detailed, expressive illustrations have enormous charm.'
– The New York Times
'The detailed art has a warm and cozy look with walls tinged with yellow from the candlelight. Illustrations can take up whole pages and the tomtes themselves look traditionally elfish in their caps and clogs ... this offering will appeal to readers wanting the trappings of a classic Christmas folktale.'
– School Library Journal on The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge
'The real cleverness lies in the lively, intricately detailed illustrations: a tiny bathtub with five mice sits on the workbench next to a pencil holder that appears to be full of telephone poles, just one of many details that will have readers poring over this book for hours.'
– Kirkus Reviews on The Fox Chase
'A gardening hullaballoo that uses its cacophony of chaos to an infinitely amusing end.'
– Kirkus Reviews on A Ruckus in the Garden
'The delightful, chaotic, jumbled illustrations of Pettson's house and Findus' explorations convey eccentric original charm and personality, friendship, security, and warmth.'
– Midwest Book Review on Findus Disappears!