The Pinchers and the Birthday Coup

The Pinchers and the Birthday Coup

Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

Original Title
Familjen Knyckertz och födelsedagskuppen
Natur & Kultur, 2017
Fiction 6-9
Rights Sold
Chinese (simplified)
Film Rights
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The Pinchers and the Birthday Coup

Anders Sparring & Per Gustavsson

The Pinchers family cannot help but take things that are not theirs. Besides Ture, the little brother who wants to be a policeman when he grows up. Mom Fia and dad Bove are a little worried and hope that he will get over those silly ideas soon. Ture’s birthday is approaching and the only thing he desires is the huge lolly pop in the candy store window. But how will the family get into the heavily guarded store? Time is running out and their neighbour Paul is sneaking around in the garden. With drastic humour and colourful images this is the perfect bridge between picture and chapter book.

Anders Sparring is a screen writer and has written television scripts for many popular children’s shows. In addition to his writing (three books about Karla Wrestler), Anders also does stand-up comedy.

Per Gustavsson is an illustrator and author. He has illustrated a number of books, both his own and for others. His books about the Princess have sold 200 000 copies and are translated to several languages.

The series has been translated to German, Dutch, Danish, Estonian, Czech, Latvian, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, and English. The TV series about the family, “A (dis)Honest Christmas with the Pinchers”, was broadcast in December 2021 on SVT, Sweden’s public service television, and a feature film premiered in movie theaters in December 2023

The books have sold over 300,000 copies in Sweden!

Do you want to know more about the Pinchers Family? Check out publisher Natur & Kultur’s official Pinchers webpage (in Swedish) where you can find music, videos, and more about this beloved family.

Press voices

”Have read a wonderfully silly story with a lot of humor and warmth … The perfect book to read out loud!” Biblioteket i Kungsbacka

“Prepare yourself for a guffaw! Everyone in the family jumped at it, everyone wanted to read Familjen Knyckertz och födelsedagskuppen.” Barnens boktips

“First out in my vacation reading was this fantastic chapter book … Will read it again, and laugh even louder than the first time! So good, so funny and thrilling! Read it! And Per Gustavsson’s illustrations shine throughout the book.” Folianterna

“You love the Pinchers family from the first page – especially the decent Ture, who always gets involved in crimes without meaning to. A very funny and exciting book – perfect for early readers, but also for reading aloud. With lots of colourful illustrations that add an extra dose of humour to the story.” NDR Mikado Redaktion

“A particularly enjoyable read-aloud or early reader book, illustrated in colour throughout.” Wetterauer Zeitung, Gießener Allgemeine, Alsfelder Allgemeine


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