Anne-Cath. Vestly

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Anne-Cath. Vestly
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Anne-Cath. Vestly (1963)
Born Anna Catharina Schulerud
(1920-02-15)15 February 1920
Rena, Norway
Died 15 December 2008(2008-12-15) (aged 88)
Mjøndalen, Norway
Occupation Children's book author
Nationality Norwegian
Period 1950s–2002
Spouse Johan Vestly

Anne-Cath. Vestly (15 February 1920 – 15 December 2008)[1] was a Norwegian author of children’s literature whose stature in Norwegian society can somewhat be compared to Sweden's famous children's book author Astrid Lindgren among Swedish people.


She was born Anne Catharina Schulerud in Rena, Åmot in Hedmark. Her first book, Ole Aleksander Filibom-bom-bom, eventually developed into a series of twelve books. She challenged the traditional gender roles in the "Aurora" series (1966–1972), in which she depicts a family where the mother works as a lawyer, while the father, an ancient history Ph.D. candidate, stays at home with their two children.

Her most famous work Eight Children and a Truck (Åtte små, to store og en lastebil in Norwegian) concerns a family with eight children living in a small apartment in Oslo. It was the first in a series of nine books, the last of which was published in 2000 about the children’s grandmother. The series is known as the "Eight Children" series in English ("Mormor og de åtte ungene" in Norwegian) and was published in English translation by Methuen. It is one of the most famous Norwegian children's book series. Methuen has also published several of Vestly's other children's books, including those of the "Aurora" series.

Vestly also worked as an actress, playing Grandma in the television and screen versions of Grandma and the Eight Children (Mormor og de åtte ungene). She also co-starred with Alf Prøysen in Kanutten og Romeo Klive (1963), a popular children's television show.

She married Johan Vestly in 1946, who illustrated all her books until his death in 1993 (although some of the English translations were illustrated by John Dyke). Anne-Cath. Vestly was also the sister of Mentz Schulerud and aunt of Ingrid Schulerud, married to Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Final years and death

Anne-Cath. Vestly was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2006. According to her family, she had shown signs of dementia for several years prior to her diagnosis. She spent her final years living in a nursing home in Mjøndalen, where she died on 15 December 2008 at the age of 88.[1][2]

Selected awards


  1. 1.0 1.1 Hedeman, Anders (December 15, 2008). "Anne-Cath. Vestly er død". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2008-12-15.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Author Anne-Cath. Vestly dies at 88". Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. The Norway Post. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
Preceded by
Erik Bye
Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
Succeeded by
Ole Henrik Moe