Trude Tjensvold: BONFIRE

Cover of "Bonfire"

Published by Samlaget, 2020

A competition that goes completely out of control
Bella the Beaver loves living in her forest, but she doesn’t like all the animals that come out to graze here. Most of all that irritating pig, Hamilton. He always thinks he knows best! What’s more, he thinks all the wild animals in the forest are old-fashioned and boring.

Illustration from "Bonfire".

Soon Midsummer is here, and Bella wants to make a huge bonfire for St Hans just like they always do. But Hamilton would rather do a barbecue for the festival – it’s far more modern. This sparks a competition between the two, and things soon get out of hand. It isn’t long before the entire forest is ablaze.

The illustrations are richly peppered with little sideplots that take place in the background of the main story. We get to know a draft horse who strikes up a dance, a forest mouse and an ox who become friends and a cow who flirts with a moose.
Bonfire is a fun, playful picture book, which at its heart is a tale all about teamwork. Perhaps the one you thought to be your enemy, wasn’t that bad after all.

Format 24,5 × 25 cm. 40 pages.

Read sample in English here (PDF, 3 MB)

Trude Tjensvold (b.1964) has a wealth of experience as an illustrator and visual artist. She made her debut as an author in 2016 with the picture book, Bo flyttar ut, which was nominated for the Norwegian Culture Ministry’s debutant’s prize for children and youth fiction in 2016, and subsequently won gold in the visual communication competition, Visuelt, in 2017. The book’s rights have also been sold to Denmark.