MEET PINO AND FRIENDS: A New Bestselling Book & Animation Series direct from Sweden

item4a1bPINO the teddy is a cheerful new friend for toddlers!  His happy face and sunny smile brightens up everyone’s day! Discover the joys of Pino’s daily life as he plays with his friends in this series of over 20 books and 40 TV animations.

Aimed at children from 1 to 4 years old, this playful little character will help children enhance their communication and language skills, and stimulate their interest in reading.  All the stories are illustrated in bright, warm and strong colours, and written in simple and direct language.  They will aid parent-child bonding through the pictures and stories that relate to the simple events in a child’s everyday life, told with humour and love.
item14c2This children’s book series has become a bestseller in its home country, Sweden, and has also been published in Norway, France, and the UK, with a series of 7 digital eBooks published in Japan.

In addition to the storybooks is a number and counting book, and accompanying colouring book.

SVT (Sweden’s national TV broadcaster) purchased the rights to air the animation episodes for a minimum of 4 years: they began broadcasting the 20 episodes in the weeks leading up to Christmas 2010, and are continuing their broadcasts with newly created animations.

The TV animations have also been adapted for cinema at selected Swedish cinemas that feature quality films for children.

The animations have now been released on two DVD’s of 10 episodes each.


Eva Pils and Agneta Norelid

Both Eva and Agneta have many years experience of working with children in environments such as preschools, hospitals and special care units.  In their professional work with children, Eva and Agneta have gained extensive knowledge about how small children develop their language and picture skills.

They wanted to make good books for small children; books that tell stories which children can relate to. The PINO books are intended to be a natural next step up from baby books. Each picture in the books should be easily understood, tell a story in itself, and be set in an environment that children encounter in their everyday life.

Eva and Agneta wanted to build these stories around a kind and happy little character: together with the illustrator, Kenneth Andersson, they created PINO.


Kenneth Andersson

Kenneth is an illustrator for magazines, books, and advertising.  Kenneth drew PINO with Indian ink and brush, rwaeng0which might explain why he is such a cuddly and sweet little teddy.  In addition to Pino, Kenneth has created other well-known characters in Swedish children’s books, such as Stötnisse, UFO and YoYo, and has illustrated a book for the US children’s book publisher, Boyds Mill Press


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