Manfred Becomes a Detective (Manfred blir detektiv)

Eva Whitebrook
Illustrations by Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson

In the middle of Stockholm, next to the Strömmen canal, there is a house called The Sager Palace. Inside lives the Prime Minister, but on the roof someone quite different has made his home…

When Manfred, a miserable old raven, discovers a lost seagull chick on his roof one day, his humdrum existence is turned upside down.  Manfred detests seagulls, and this chick is hungry, squeaking and whining. He has to find the parents and be rid of the infuriating chick as fast as possible. But this is trickier than he thought and turns into a real detective case. He puts the chick, which he calls Moses, on his back and sets off on an exhilirating adventure high above the rooftops of Stockholm.  On the way, we meet all kinds of birds that might help them.  There’s Carmen, the music-loving herring gull on the roof of the Opera; Semlan, the authoritative owl at the Royal Library, and Skeriffen, the fearsome goshawk who happily takes the law into his own wings.

Will Manfred succeed in his first mission and find Moses’s parents? And will the little downball even manage to thaw the raven’s heart?  In this first book of a new series, Manfred the raven both finds his true calling as a detective, and in Moses the seagull, his faithful sidekick.

A warm and exciting story, with wonderful humour and unforgettable characters in both text by Eva Whitebrook and pictures by Marcus-Gunnar Petterson.


Denmark: ABC Forlag
Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren


“It’s a long time since I’ve laughed so much at a picture book. Eva Whitebrook writes with an irresistable dry humour, almost British, and Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson’s detailed pictures have the same outrageous fun and irreverant tone. Manfred is a unique personality that we very much want to see more of.”
Gunhild Arby, Barnboksportalen, Sweden’s most serious/important review site on children’s literature

“This is really a charming picture book that half the family have read aloud in bed. The book is set in Stockholm, and apart from being a delightful story, Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson’s illustrations are a wonderful evocation of Stockholm’s architecture. This is the first of a series about Manfred the raven. We’re definitely going to go on with this! Eva Whitebrook and Marcus-Gunnar Pettersson are two picture book creators that are favourites in our home. The expectations were very high and we were not disappointed!”
Barnboksfamiljen, Sweden’s biggest social media publisher on children’s literature

Thank you for this thrilling and heartwarming detective story. Right afer reading it, my daughter wanted to play Manfred and Moses = full marks!”
Lilla Berlin, children’s book illustrator, writer and a leading social media publisher