Kari Smeland: THE CROWDIVE FAMILY and the Sneeze in the House Next Door

Cover of 'The Crowdive Family'Familien Kråkestup og nyset i nabohuset
Published by Samlaget, 2012

Are you a curious snoop? The huge and boisterous Crowdive family lives in an old and dilapidated house. There is only one other house in the neighborhood, and no one has lived there since uncle Sigurd was a boy. But one day the youngest of the twins suspects that someone has moved in.

The investigation of the house next door strings together and abundance of absurd events and with its vibrant ideas the book is a joy to read aloud. Beautifully illustrated by Mona Brekke it also makes it easy for children to read for themselves. Suitable for 7 to 10 year olds.

Dagbladet’s reviewer wrote: “Fantastic children’s book début about an eccentric family. The Crowdive Family reminds me of Anne Cath. Vestly, Roald Dahl and The Six Bullerby Children. (…) There is an amazing energy in the story that grabs you from the get-go.”

Translation rights sold to Denmark, France, Germany, Czech, Malta and Turkey.

Kari Smeland (photo: Tove K. Breiste)
Kari Smeland (photo: Tove K. Breiste)

Kari Smeland (b. 1984) has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Social Studies and works as a librarian. This is her first book. Mona Brekke (b. 1975) works with drawings and installations. In 2014 Smeland wrote the children’s novel Circus Ruckus / Sirkus Spetakkel.