Photo: Lisa Thanner

Photo: Lisa Thanner

Gunilla Bergström

www.alfons.se

Gunilla Bergström is the creator of Alfie Atkins, one of Sweden’s most popular and timeless picture book characters.

Alfie is no hero; in fact, he is not even particularly brave. Perhaps this is why he appeals to so many children and adults: he seems just like us. From her first Alfie book, Gunilla Bergström broke with the tradition of the cute and the ideal to write about real characters in a typical flat in an urban high- rise block. The stories about Alfie deal with everyday emotions and conflicts that all children recognise. Goodnight Alfie Atkins (1972), the first in the series, has become a classic that generations of children know almost by heart. In this book, Alfie draws out the night-time routine to such an extent that his father falls asleep from sheer exhaustion on the floor. Other subjects range from the adult obsession with being on time, to the fear of ghosts and dilemmas with friends and adults.

Gunilla Bergström’s illustrations in felt-tip pen, acrylic and even scraps of newsprint and wallpaper, have a life of their own. She has written over forty books translated into more than thirty languages and has won the Astrid Lindgren Prize, the medal Illis Quorum Meruere Labores, from the Swedish Government (2012) and numerous other awards. 

Books

Börja skolan med Alfons Åberg

Alfie Starts School

Gunilla Bergström

215×260 mm, 2019, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons färger

Colours with Alfie

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2019, 22 pp

Board books

Alfons siffror

Numbers with Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2019, 22 pp

Board books

Alfons hemliga världar - Tre utvalda berättelser

The Secret Worlds of Alfie Atkins – Three Selected Stories

Gunilla Bergström

107×230 mm, 2018, 32 pp

Picture books

Alla möjliga Alfons

All Kinds of Alfies

Gunilla Bergström

155×165 mm, 2018, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons äter

Alfie’s Eating

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2018, 20 pp

Board books

Alfons Åberg leker med färg och form

Alfie Plays with Colours and Shapes

Gunilla Bergström

210×240 mm, 2018, 14 pp

Board books

Alfons sover

Alfie Goes to Sleep

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2018, 20 pp

Board books

Mias pappa flyttar

Mia’s Dad Moves Out

Gunilla Bergström

2017, 48 pp

Text books (6–9 years)

Alfons lekar och bästa bus

Alfie Atkin’s Games and Best Mischief

Gunilla Bergström

215×260 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons kalasbok

Alfie’s Party Book

Gunilla Bergström

219×267 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons kompisar

Alfie’s Friends

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2017, 32 pp

Board books

Alfons leker

Alfie Plays

Gunilla Bergström

160×160 mm, 2017, 20 pp

Board books

Alfons trollar och trixar

Alfie’s Magic Tricks

Gunilla Bergström

219×267 mm, 2015, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons hittar andra ord

Alfie Finds Other Words

Gunilla Bergström

207×240 mm, 2013, 24 pp

Picture books

Skratta lagom! sa pappa Åberg

The Last to Laugh! said Alfie’s Dad

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 2012, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons kollar här och där

Alfie Checks Everywhere

Gunilla Bergström

204×237 mm, 2011, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons bollar med siffror

Alfie Juggles With Numbers

Gunilla Bergström

203×237 mm, 2010, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons med styrke-säcken

Alfie Atkins with the Magic Sack

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 2010, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons leker med ord

Alfie Plays with Words

Gunilla Bergström

205×238 mm, 2008, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons och soldatpappan

Alfie and The Soldier Daddy

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 2006, 32 pp

Picture books

Hur långt når Alfons?

How far Does Alfie reach?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 2002, 32 pp

Picture books

Osynligt med Alfons

Invisible with Alfie

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1998, 32 pp

Picture books

Flyg! sa Alfons Åberg

“Fly with me!” said Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1997, 32 pp

Picture books

Näpp! sa Alfons Åberg

“Not Likely!” said Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1994, 32 pp

Picture books

Hurra för pappa Åberg!

Three Cheers for Alfie’s Daddy!

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1993, 32 pp

Picture books

Mera monster, Alfons

More Monsters, Alfie!

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1992, 32 pp

Picture books

"Där går tjuv-Alfons!"

“There Goes Alfie the Thief!”

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1991, 32 pp

Picture books

Vad sa pappa Åberg?

What did Mr Atkins Say?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1989, 32 pp

Picture books

Bara knyt Alfons Åberg!

Just Tie It, Alfie Atkins!

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1988, 32 pp

Picture books

Hokus-Pokus, Alfons Åberg!

Hocus-Pocus, Alfie Atkins!

Gunilla Bergström

147×217 mm, 1987, 64 pp

Picture books

Kalas, Alfons Åberg!

A Party, Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1986, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons och Milla

You Have a Girlfriend, Alfie Atkins?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1985, 32 pp

Picture books

Lycklige Alfons Åberg

Happy Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1984, 32 pp

Picture books

Vem spökar, Alfons Åberg?

Who’s Scaring Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1983, 32 pp

Picture books

Var är bus-Alfons?

What’s Alfie up to now?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1982, 32 pp

Picture books

Är du feg, Alfons Åberg?

Are you a Coward, Alfie Atkins?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1981, 32 pp

Picture books

Listigt, Alfons Åberg!

You’re a Sly One, Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1978, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons och odjuret

Alfie and the Monster

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1978, 32 pp

Picture books

Alfons och hemlige Mållgan

Alfie Atkins and His Secret Friend

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1976, 32 pp

Picture books

Vem räddar Alfons Åberg

Who’ll Save Alfie Atkins?

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1976, 32 pp

Picture books

Aja baja, Alfons Åberg

Very Tricky, Alfie Atkins!

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1975, 32 pp

Picture books

Raska på, Alfons Åberg

Hurry Up, Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1975, 32 pp

Picture books

God natt, Alfons Åberg

Good Night, Alfie Atkins

Gunilla Bergström

175×240 mm, 1972, 32 pp

Picture books