Skip to content
Johanna Thydell AuthorLisa Moroni Illustrator

Elf Trials/Tomtarnas tävling

Picture Books

Elf Trials/Tomtarnas tävling

A magical Christmas adventure with humour, warmth and full speed ahead, in 24 sufficiently long chapters to read together throughout December until Christmas Eve.

Do you want to ride in Santa’s sleigh? That’s what it says on the poster posted outside the candy store in the capital of Elfland. One of Santa’s elves has dropped out, and now eight selected elves will fight for the place in a big competition. For eight-year-old, newly arrived Noel, it would be a dream to win. Imagine getting to accompany Santa Claus to earth, give out gifts, see a real person and maybe make new friends!

But the road there is long. Together with a very small reindeer, Noel must make it through all the crazy contests – scooping reindeer poo, cutting down the best-looking Christmas tree, weathering the worst storm – all the way to the grand finale. Noel is the smallest of them all and not the best at anything in particular. Can he really make his dream come true?

Behind the story is the August Prize-winning author Johanna Thydell, with cozy and atmospheric illustrations by Lisa Moroni.

Johanna Thydell


Johanna Thydell was born in 1980 and lives in Stockholm. She made her debut in 2003 with the young adult novel In the Ceiling the Stars Are Shining, for which she was awarded both the August Prize as well as the Slangbellan Debutant Prize. The book was also made into a movie. Since then, she…

Read more

Lisa Moroni


Lisa Moroni was born in 1983 and lives with her family just outside Stockholm. After attending the Children’s and Youth Literature Course at Skrivarakademin, she began to write and illustrate seriously, and in 2013 she debuted with three books. Since then, she has made herself known as both an author and illustrator.

Read more