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Literature / Alfie Atkins

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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 (later elemantary school), plays with friends, gets certain problems with going to bed and other everyday life things young children deal with.

Not to be confused with the film Alfie or its remake, or the NSFW webcomic.

Tropes present in the series:

  • 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.
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  • Standard '50s Father: Alfie's dad is a typical tie-and-cardigan-wearing, pipe-smoking and sage-advice-dispensing father. But he also subverts parts of the trope since Alfie's mother for some reason is nowhere to be seen in the whole series, which makes it necessary for Dad to do household chores which most 50s fathers would expect their wives to handle. Of course, the first book wasn't published in The '50s, but in 1972, when it was becoming popular to flip traditional gender roles even in works for children.