The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge

Sven Nordqvist

Not yet published - due 19 Sep 2024

Quick Look

  • New edition of a charming festive story, based on the old Swedish Christmas tradition of thanking helpful house gnomes with a special porridge
  • Filled with nostalgic winter illustrations of candlelit houses, a Christmas feast and Father Christmas
  • From Sven Nordqvist, one of Sweden's most popular author-illustrators

A fun festive tale of tomtes sneaking a sweet treat from their human family. Based on a Scandinavian tradition and with warm, detailed illustrations from the acclaimed Swedish creator of The Dog Walk and the Findus and Pettson series.

226 x 315 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 4 to 7 years
32 pages
Publication date:
19 Sep 2024


It's Christmas Eve, and Papa tomte is eagerly waiting for the human family to leave out a bowl of porridge, to say thank you for the tomtes' help throughout the year. But Mama tomte has a terrible feeling the family have forgotten the porridge!

Mama tomte and the children hatch a plan to steal a bowl of Christmas porridge. Can they sneak through the house without being seen?

This charming story is based on the old Swedish Christmas tradition of leaving a sweet treat to thank the magical gnome-like creatures. Sven Nordqvist, one of Sweden's most popular author and illustrators, has created a playful festive tale, full of delightful details


'The detailed art has a warm and cozy look with walls tinged with yellow from the candlelight... This offering will appeal to readers wanting the trappings of a classic Christmas folktale.'
-- School Library Journal

'The perfect book to snuggle up together with and read aloud.'
-- Creative Steps

'Illustrations to pore over with little ones, which will bring a warm glow to big ones too.'
-- Armadillo


Sven Nordqvist is one of Sweden's most popular writers and illustrators. His accolades include the Astrid Lindgren Prize, the Swedish Literature Award, The German Youth Literature Prize and the Elsa Beskow Medal. Sven's artwork is rich in colour and detail.
His Findus and Pettson stories, about a farmer who owns a talented cat, are internationally renowned and have been made into movies and a popular television show in Sweden and Germany.
Sven is also the creator of The Tomtes' Christmas Porridge and The Dog Walk. He currently lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

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