Twelve-year-old Hans Thomas lives alone with his father, a man who likes to give his son lessons about life and has a penchant for philosophy. Hans Thomas' mother left when he was four (to 'find' herself) and the story begins when father and son set off on a trip to Greece, where she now lives, to try to persuade her to come home.
En route, in Switzerland, Hans Thomas is given a magnifying glass by a dwarf at a petrol station, and the next day he finds a tiny book in his bread roll which can only be read with a magnifying glass.
How did the book come to be there? Why does the dwarf keep showing up? It is all very perplexing and Hans Thomas has enough to cope with, with the daunting prospect of seeing his mother. Now his journey has turned into an encounter with the unfathomable...or does it all have a logical explanation?
12-year-old Hans Thomas's mother left him and his father eight years ago, and a recent sighting of her in a Cretan fashion magazine motivates them to drive from Norway to Greece to find her. Hans Thomas's father is a self-declared philosopher, the 'joker in the pack', so the young boy has learnt to think deeply already. But when a cold-handed dwarf hands him a small magnifying glass and directs them to Dorf, a mountain town in the wrong direction, things start to get a little strange. Here Hans Thomas is given 'the sticky bun book', a tiny volume containing the secrets of a magic island, and indeed, his own destiny. Packed full of philosophical musings, adventures and of course, mystery, Gaarder's new novel is a companion novel to the worldwide bestseller Sophie's World. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 2nd June 1997
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.1 x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 2