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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Good Night, Alfie Atkins
by Gunilla Bergstrom
Age Range: 6-8
Alfie Atkins, like a lot of four-year-olds, sometimes doesn’t want to go to bed.
There will always be many reasons why he cannot go to sleep and he certainly
manages to think up quite a few! Luckily for him, he has a very patient dad, but
even he can become exhausted. Alfie Atkins is one of the most loved picture
book characters in Sweden and has become a classic in Scandinavian children’s
There are more than 30 titles in this series that have become an international success. The particular charm of Gunilla Bergström’s work is her highly imaginative illustrations.
(Outside In: Children’s Books in Translation, Milet, 2005)