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7×7 Tales of a Sevensleeper
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First edition (German)
Author Hanna Johansen
Original title Siebenschläfergeschichten
  • Christopher Franceschelli (US edition)
  • Marion Koenig (UK edition)
Illustrator Käthi Bhend
Cover artist Kathi Bhend
Country Switzerland
Language German
Genre Children's fiction
Publisher Verlag Nagel & Kimche
Publication date
Published in English
  • United States:
  • 1989 (by E. P. Dutton/Penguin Books)
  • United Kingdom:
  • 1990 (by Faber and Faber)
Media type Hardcover
Pages 95
ISBN 0-525-44491-2

7×7 Tales of a Sevensleeper (German: Siebenschläfergeschichten) is a 1985 children's book written by Hanna Johansen.


Much to his brother's and parents' dismay, a boy's obsession over the habits of his favourite animals—squirrel-like creatures called "sevensleepers"—makes him pretend he is one of them. The number seven figures in his daily routines throughout the course of 49 stories: he becomes that age early on in the book, with as many presents to match; he goes to bed every night at seven o'clock; and he even eats or owns things in groups of seven. This trait even helps him follow the week more efficiently than months or years, which are both far longer.

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