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Children's Fiction Opposites

What Do You Want?

by (author) Lars Klinting

translated by Maria Lundin

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Mar 2010
Opposites, Words
Recommended Age
1 to 3
Recommended Grade
p to 12
Recommended Reading age
1 to 3
  • Board book

    Publish Date
    Mar 2010
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2006
    List Price

Classroom Resources

Where to buy it

Out of print

This edition is not currently available in bookstores. Check your local library or search for used copies at Abebooks.


Every now and then a perfect baby book appears. What Do You Want? is just such a book, with its simple text and beautiful illustrations by Sweden's renowned author and illustrator Lars Klinting. We turn from page to page wondering what will come next, each time finding an answer that is a tiny bit unexpected, but also very satisfying. Babies will love this book with its familiar images and little surprises.

Delightful in its simplicity, Klinting's classic style shines in this timeless publication, reminiscent of the Golden Age of the picture book.

About the authors

Lars Klinting trained as a carpenter in Sweden before becoming an illustrator. He was also the beloved author and illustrator of the "Beaver" books, which have been translated into eighteen languages and have won numerous awards.

Lars Klinting's profile page

Maria Lundin has translated several books from Swedish to English. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Maria Lundin's profile page


  • Winner, Child Magazine Best Children's Book Award
  • Commended, Bank Street College Children's Library Best Children's Books of the Year

Editorial Reviews

A good home purchase, What Do You Want? should also be in all libraries serving the preschool crowd and their parents.

CM Magazine

...this quietly entertaining book is just right for bedtime.

Horn Book

Little children and their grownups will have a wonderful time sharing this special little book with its pretty illustrations and its interactive text.

Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

...a perfect introduction to the drama of the turning page.

Canadian Family

It couldn't be simpler or more compelling or more sparkling, this pairing of opposites.

Globe and Mail

This diminutive book is mesmerizing in its calm simplicity...A little bit of sweet magic is at work here.

School Library Journal

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