Photo: Christer Ehrling

Photo: Christer Ehrling

Catarina Kruusval

Catarina Kruusval has written and illustrated more than forty books for children up to the age of five. These include the popular stories about Ellen and Olle and their everyday adventures, and the books about Fia, a small girl in charge of her troop of toy animals. She has also illustrated well-known children’s songs and rhymes in a highly-regarded series of board books for the 0–3 age group.

Her stories are reassuring, sometimes use repetition to aid understanding, and with touches of child-friendly drama explore themes of security and the challenges of becoming more independent. Her pen and ink and water-colour illustrations use clear outlines, soft, harmonious colours and selective detail to create endearing characters and situations immediately recognisable to a child. Catarina Kruusval has won the Wettergrens Bokollon and the Ottilia Adelborg grant.

When she received Raben & Sjögren’s illustrator’s grant, the jury’s citation read as follows: “When Catarina Kruusval holds a pen and paint brush, people, animals and nature are all given their own life force. With a sympathetic outlook, she has created a long line of much-loved figures including Gubben Granström and Sill-August, Egon and Rävungen, and, not the least, Ellen. In Catarina Kruusval’s world the forest becomes marvellously green and secretive, the sea waves roll and splash and animals and people become surprisingly expressive.” 

Books

Troll och andra väsen

Trolls and other Beings

Charlotta Björnulfson, Catarina Kruusval

215×280 mm, 2019, 32 pp

Picture books

Fia och djuren. Alla ska vara med!

Fia and the Animals – Come Along!

Catarina Kruusval

200×254 mm, 2019, 32 pp

Picture books

Prinsessan på ärten

The Princess and the Pea

Catarina Kruusval

180×180 mm, 2018, 16 pp

Board books

Jul pysselväska

Christmas Activity Bag

Catarina Kruusval

2017,

Picture books

Fia och djuren på dagis

Fia and the Animals at Daycare

Catarina Kruusval

200×255 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Fia och djuren går till sjöss

Fia and the Animals Go to Sea

Catarina Kruusval

200×255 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Ellens alla hundar

All Ellen’s Dogs

Catarina Kruusval

221×286 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Guldlock

Goldielocks

Catarina Kruusval

180×180 mm, 2017, 16 pp

Board books

Ellen och Olle leker

Time to Play

Catarina Kruusval

160×160 mm, 2016, 16 pp

Picture books

Ellen och Olle äter

Time for Tea

Catarina Kruusval

160×160 mm, 2016, 16 pp

Board books

Ellen och Olle badar

Time to Bath

Catarina Kruusval

160×160 mm, 2016, 16 pp

Board books

Ellen och Olle åker

Time to Go

Catarina Kruusval

160×160 mm, 2016, 16 pp

Board books

Första boken om mig

The First Book About Me

Catarina Kruusval

232×287 mm, 2015, 48 pp

Board books

Första sagoskatten

The First Story Treasure

Catarina Kruusval

208×255 mm, 2013, 121 pp

Picture books

Rödluvan

Little Red Riding Hood

Catarina Kruusval

180×180 mm, 2013, 16 pp

Board books

Tre små grisar

Three little Pigs

Catarina Kruusval

180×180 mm, 2013, 16 pp

Board books

Bockarna Bruse

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Catarina Kruusval

180×180 mm, 2012, 16 pp

Board books

Fia och djuren

Fia and the Animals

Catarina Kruusval

200×254 mm, 2007, 32 pp

Picture books

Ellens äppleträd

Ellen’s Apple Tree

Catarina Kruusval

221×286 mm, 2006, 32 pp

Picture books

Ellen och Olle åker

Ellen And Ollie Go Travelling

Catarina Kruusval

Board books