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Swedish author-illustrator Sven Nordqvist's beloved series, Pettson & Findus is on sale here in the US, with a sparkling new translation, and getting rave reviews. Here are five questions answered by the author:

Where did you get the inspiration for Findus? Do you have a cat?

I do not have a cat, because my wife is allergic! But, when my son became a couple of years old I was mainly inspired by him and other kids, and Findus became more like a child.

Is Pettson based on you or someone you know?

the first book Pettson was just an old man, not someone special. It was not meant from the beginning that there should be more than one book about these characters. I did not deliberately create a character. I just let him react and be in the way that was the most natural for me. The result was that he became quite a lot like me.

Were you always interested in writing and art?

I was always interested in drawing but not writing. I didn´t write much until I needed a story for my first book. Pettson & Findus appeared in my second book.

What do you remember most about your childhood in Sweden?
When I was ten years old I spent the summer at beautiful, old farm. It became a pleasant memory. At that age I wanted to become a farmer.
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