Format: Hardcover Picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5++
What did you like about the book? This book was first published in Sweden in 1990. Thank you, NorthSouth, for giving the public an English version in 2018! Sven Nordqvist is probably my very, very favorite children’s picture book creator. The stories are as hilarious as the illustrations (done in watercolor and pen and ink) that are filled with secret little critters, with wacky intelligent chickens, a talking cat who wears green and yellow striped one-strapped overhauls and a beanie cap. Findus (known as Mercury in other editions while Pettson is also known as Festus) is one incredibly unique and clever cat. In this story Pettson is planting a garden with the help of Findus – who plants a meatball. “Every few minutes he ran over there to see if it had grown.” When the garden is nearly planted, it is invaded by Pettson’s flock of talking chickens who destroy the garden pecking for worms. This is not the end of the attacks on the garden, however. Poor Pettson and Findus need to replant the garden a few more times.
Anything you did not like about this book? It ended.
To whom would you recommend this book? If you have read any of the Pettson and Findus books (there are at lest seven more), you need to read this one, and if have not, then read them all as all of them are perfectly wonderful.
Who should buy this book? Public and lower elementary school libraries and everyone else, too.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? YES!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 3/17/2018