THE BIG BANQUET (KNÄCKARBANKETTEN)
Sara B. Elfgren & Emil Maxén
Little Amund, whose biggest dream is owning a pair of shoes, works in duke Ludbert’s enormous kitchen. Tasked with feeding the pigs leftovers from duke Ludbert’s table, everyone refers to Amund as the swine boy. And there are a lot of leftovers. The duke’s youngest daughter, Ottilia, looks on in disgust as the court indulges in excesses. Ottilia spends her days embroidering dreadful monsters and dreaming of freedom.
One day, duke Ludbert decides to throw a huge party – a banquet that will go on for three days and three nights with two hundred unique dishes per day and fancy guests from near and far. A proper big banquet! But the duke’s jealous twin brother plans to sabotage the feast…
Soon, Amund and Ottilia are drawn into a dangerous and thrilling adventure involving disdainful dukes, conniving pugs, combative hares, hideous beasts and a giant, poetic dog. Together, Sara B. Elfgren and Emil Maxén have created a richly illustrated tale that can be enjoyed either read aloud or quietly.
Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren
”Once upon a time … duke Ludbert decides to throw a huge party – a banqute that will go on for three days and three nights with 600 unique dishes, and which his twin brother plans to do everything to sabotage. This is the opening in the artistic tale The Big Banquet. /…/ a complex genre that Sara B. Elfgren masters with ease (…) This is an entertaining story suitable for reading out loud for all ages (…) Emil Maxén (…) has a knack for the absurd and creates memorable characters and creatures in colour as well as black and white.”
5 of 5, BTJ / SWE