A Ruckus in the Garden
The Adventures of Pettson and Findus
Pettson and Findus are back in this uproarious tale about gardening!
When Pettson announces that it’s time to plant seeds in the garden, Findus, his cat, plants a meatball. The hilarity continues as each night their hard work is undone by hungry chickens, then a rogue pig. When cows set up shop, Pettson and Findus must hatch a plan to protect their garden and Findus’s meatballs.
It’s not often that we come across books with such immediate and lasting appeal as Sven Nordqvist’s ‘Findus’ series. The stories are ingenious, the characters are quirky and original, and the illustrations are absolutely delightful... I can’t recommend them highly enough. Hurrah for Findus!
Phillip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass
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
The charm of the writing has much to recommend it, but it's the art that is the true star of the show. No matter how raucous or riotous Nordqvist's illustrations become, there's still room to include little Zen details, such as the chicken with its comb in a single hair roller or a pair of pups in a tree staring lovingly at the moon.
The colorful line-and-wash illustrations brim with lively details and exaggeration...Full of dramatic and comical moments, here’s a treat for fans of the Adventures of Pettson and Findus series.
Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
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