Sometimes things don't work out quite as you had hoped they would...
Valle the gnome and Maja the field mouse live at a farmstead in the county of Småland, but somehow they end up in Norrbotten, in the far north of Sweden, completely by mistake. How will they make their way back and will they get home in time for Christmas?
Luckily they bump into Herman, a kind old gnome and with the help of Herman's friends, some Norwegian lemmings and a beautiful old hot-air balloon, they set off on a long journey.
This is a sort of advent calendar story, which will take the reader through all the different counties of Sweden. One chapter a day will keep you entertained right up to Christmas Eve. The book is richly illustrated with beautiful watercolours adding a magic touch to this special fairytale. Swedish geography and interesting facts about each county will be shared with the reader in a fun and light-hearted way. There is also a map at the back of the book where you can keep track of each leg of Valle's journey from start to finish.
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Karin was born in 1974 and even as a child three things occupied her time; nature, fairytales and drawing. She studied to become an archaeologist and worked for a few years as a nature guide.
After having had a pretty meandering, roaming lifestyle, she finally settled at a place close to her heart, a place she has known she belonged all her life.
So for the last 11 years, she has been living with her husband and son at the farm her grandparents owned and lived at throughout Karin's childhood; an old farmstead in an isolated spot southern Sweden.
They run a small agricultural business together with a few cows, pigs and sheep and the last decade of her life, Karin has been blessed enough to work full-time from home filling her days with illustrating, painting, drawing, sketching and, since a few years ago, also writing.