Gunilla Bergström

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Gunilla Bergström
Gunilla Bergström
Born (1942-07-03) 3 July 1942 (age 72)
Gothenburg, Sweden
Occupation Author, journalist, illustrator
Nationality Swedish
Period 1960s–present
Notable works Alfie Atkins book series
Gunilla Bergström

Gunilla Bergström (born 3 July 1942) is a Swedish author, journalist, and illustrator from Gothenburg. She is best known for her series of children's books about the character Alfie Atkins (Swedish: Alfons Åberg).[1]

Bergström moved to Stockholm in 1966 to begin her career as a journalist. She worked for Swedish newspapers such as Aftonbladet and Dagens Nyheter.[1] Bergström debuted as a children's book author in 1971, and released her first Alfie Atkins book in 1972.[2] She has been a children's book author ever since, having released twenty-five Alfie books as of 2007.[1] These books have been translated into twenty-nine different languages[3] and have sold over eight million copies worldwide.[1] Four million copies have been sold in Sweden alone.[4] In 2006, her book Alfons och soldatpappan was released simultaneously in seven different languages; this had never happened before for a Swedish children's book.[1]

Bergström has also written children's books about character such as Milla, Bill, and Bolla.[2] Bergström says she receives the inspiration for her stories from every-day life. She is also interested in psychology and human behavior, and incorporates this into some of her books. Bergström describes herself as a nit-picky person when it comes to writing.[1] She illustrates her own books and often works with collage.[2]

Bergström is currently the owner of her own company, Bok-Makaren (English: Book-Maker), which handles the licenses to the Alfie Atkins series. Licenses have been granted for theater productions and Alfie dolls, puzzles, and computer games.[1] Bergström has commented that there is "nothing wrong with making commerce of famous things, but we are careful about who we sell licenses to."[1]

As of 2007, Bergström was living in Stockholm with her West African husband. They spend their winters together in West Africa.[1] Bergström is a grandmother.[1]

In 2012 Gunilla Bergström was awarded Illis Quorum by the Swedish Government.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Mias pappa flyttar (1971)
  • God natt Alfons Åberg (1972)
  • Tjuven (1973)
  • Aja baja Alfons Åberg (1973)
  • Raska på Alfons Åberg (1975)
  • Alfons och hemlige Mållgan (1976)
  • Vem räddar Alfons Åberg? (1976)
  • Listigt Alfons Åberg (1977)
  • Alfons och odjuret (1978)
  • Ramsor & Tramsor om Bill och Bolla (1979)
  • Tokigt & Klokigt, mera rim med Bill och Bolla (1980)
  • Är du feg Alfons Åberg? (1981)
  • Var är bus-Alfons? (1982)
  • Vem spökar Alfons Åberg? (1983)
  • Lycklige Alfons Åberg (1984)
  • Alfons och Milla (1985)
  • Kalas Alfons Åberg (1986)
  • Hokus Pokus Alfons Åberg! (1987)
  • Bara knyt Alfons! (1988)
  • Vad sa pappa Åberg? (1989)
  • Alfons egna saker (1990)
  • Alfons tycker om (1990)
  • Där går Tjuv-Alfons! (1991)
  • Milla mitt-i-natten (1991)
  • Ingen sak sa Milla (1992)
  • Mera monster, Alfons! (1992)
  • Alla möjliga Alfons (1992)
  • Mera miner med Alfons (1992)
  • Trall-fonsar. Visor med Alfons Åberg (1992)
  • Hurra för pappa Åberg! (1993)
  • Milla mitt-i-godiskriget (1993)
  • Näpp! sa Alfons Åberg (1994)
  • Lösgodis - fickan full (1994)
  • Lösgodis - en påse till (1994)
  • Titta - peka Alfons Åberg (1994)
  • Flyg sa Alfons Åberg (1997)
  • Osynligt med Alfons (1998)
  • Hurra för Alfons Åbergs far (1998)
  • Hur långt når Alfons Åberg? (2002)
  • Alfons ABC (2002)
  • Alfons och soldatpappan (2006)
  • Stora boken om Bill & Bolla (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Karlsson, Mattias (2 July 2007). "Ingen vila för Alfons skapare". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Martelius, Eva (10 January 2008). "Alfons flyttar till Lund". Sydsvenskan (in Swedish). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Brekke, Ingrid (12 May 2005). "Motgiften Albert Åberg". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 16 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Göteborg först med Alfons-staty". Norrbottens-Kuriren (in Swedish). 12 November 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2010.