The creator of the Swedish children’s book character Alfie Atkins, Gunilla Bergström, has expressed her interest in having the puppet master Bernd Ogrodnik, who lives in Svarfadadalur valley, north Iceland, make a puppet of Alfie.
Bergström is planning to make a puppet film based on her books, which requires a puppet version of Alfie’s imaginary friend, his patient dad and all the other characters from her books, Fréttabladid reports.
Ogrodnik, who is originally from Germany, has charmed Icelanders with his puppet making in recent years. This year he was nominated at Gríman, the Icelandic Theater Award, for his puppets in the staging of Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.
Alfie Atkins, or Einar Áskell in Icelandic, is loved among young readers in Iceland. Over 90,000 copies of the books about Alfie have been printed in the country.