The Dog Walk

Sven Nordqvist

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  • A fantastical wordless story of a dog walk like no other, told entirely through Nordqvist's endlessly inventive illustrations
  • A dog walk quickly becomes extraordinary as boy and dog journey through incredible, intricate and hilarious scenes - from a mile-high train ride and a cavernous curiosity shop to magical floating islands and Escher-esque castles
  • From Sven Nordqvist, much-loved creator of the Findus and Pettson series and award-winning Swedish author-illustrator.
  • Winner of the wordless picture book category in the 2020 Northern Lights Book Awards

This award-winning wordless picture book from acclaimed Swedish author-illustrator Sven Nordqvist presents a fantastically surreal dog walk. Intricate fairy-tale landscapes and quirky scenes are packed with detail for children and adults to pore over.

242 x 299 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
16 Sep 2021


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 shop, 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 simply through 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.


'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.


Sven Nordqvist is one of Sweden's most popular writers and illustrators. He has won the Swedish Literature Award, The German Youth Literature Prize and the Elsa Beskow Medal. He is particularly well known for his Findus and Pettson stories about a farmer and his talented cat. He is also the creator of The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge.

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