Books by Alf Proysen

CHRISTMAS EVE AT SANTA'S by Alf Proysen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

Carpenter Anderson has just put on his Santa suit to deliver gifts to his children when he slips on the ice and bumps into another man with a beard, a red cap, and a sled full of toys. It's the real Santa, who suggests they trade places: he'll take presents to Anderson's children if the carpenter will make things for his children. So Anderson does; he even carves a new wooden spoon for Mrs. Santa. Effecting the reversal prompts some comical banter; in the end, though Santa's children are delighted to see their first real carpenter, and Anderson's are sure they've been visited by Daddy in disguise. With lively, affectionately satirical illustrations, this merry Swedish import makes a novel and amusing addition to the Christmas shelf. (Picture book. 4-8) Read full book review >
MRS. PEPPERPOT AND THE MOOSE by Alf Proysen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 29, 1991

The little old lady who shrinks ``to the size of a teaspoon'' at unexpected moments has appeared in several story collections (Mrs. Pepperpot to the Rescue, 1963); this amusing additional tale is a good sample of their Scandinavian flavor. When her own well goes dry, Mrs. Pepperpot tries to break the ice in another one nearby, but she's chased by a belligerent moose. Undaunted, she sets out again with a pole, and then with a gun, all to no avail—the baleful moose still hovers. She finally decides to make do with snow, but she suddenly shrinks and falls into her pail, which rolls downhill and gets hooked on the moose's antler—thus giving him a well-deserved fright. Berg, a Swedish political cartoonist who was Prysen's original illustrator, depicts the doughty heroine looking appropriately like a somewhat frazzled pepperpot and also provides authentic details of the northern landscape. In the excellent translation, the rather old-fashioned story moves along with brisk good humor. An attractive book that will especially entertain newly independent readers. (Picture book. 5-8) Read full book review >