Literature / Alfie Atkins

Alfie Atkins (Alfons Åberg in the original Swedish) is a series of children's books, written and illustrated by Swedish author Gunilla Bergström. Alfie is an ordinary kid of five or six years, who lives with his father in an apartment complex somewhere in Sweden. He goes to kindergarten, plays with friends, does not want to go to bed, and other everyday life things young children deal with.

Not to be confused with the film Alfie or the remake.—-

  • Bedsheet Ghost: Literally, in Who's Scaring Alfie Atkins?, Alfie has been freaking himself out the whole book due to his fear of the dark, and he sees what he thinks are ghosts on the balcony, which later turn out to be bedsheets hanging out to dry.
  • Imaginary Friend: Mållgan
  • Missing Mom: Alfie's mother is completely absent from the books, and is neither mentioned nor are there any pictures of her in the apartment.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: The plot of Is That A Monster, Alfie Atkins?. Alfie loses his new soccer ball during a ballgame and blames a younger kid who's acting as ball boy for not finding it. Alfie ends up hitting him, and is wracked with guilt, which ends up manifesting as a fear about a monster under his bed.
  • Standard '50s Father: Alfie's dad is suitably tie-and-cardigan-wearing, pipe-smoking and sage-advice-dispensing.