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Buster Nordic Timeline

1995
1995

Buster Nordic timeline

Buster Nordic timeline
After working for many years across the Nordic countries selling university textbooks and as an academic publisher, Knud Pilegaard started Forlaget Buster (Buster Publishing Company) in 1995. The company was named after his son, who was less than a year old at the time the company was founded. It all started with Knud’s participation in the grand finale of a BBC quiz show, Going for Gold (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=si2JUL1mrTg&t=300s). While on the show, Knud met Tom Thorsteinsen from Oslo, Norway, who inspired him to become a publisher. Buster, who is now 26 years old, is enjoying life in corporate finance, while Knud continues doing what he loves – publishing fantastic children’s books. But even if Buster is not currently working in the company, he has spent his early years helping out where and when he could, and always keeps an eye looking out for the good of the company.  
1995

Elf-Helpbook series

Elf-Helpbook series
Forlaget Buster started with a slightly different focus than it has today. We originally introduced Elf-Help books – coming from the monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, with quotes and sayings from many caring authors and illustrations by R.W. Alley, perhaps better known as the illustrator of Paddington Bear. The Elf-Helpbook series became a success, which inspired Forlaget Buster to take the next step.
1997
1997

Xenophobes Guide series

Xenophobes Guide series
In 1997, we begin distribution in Finland, where we launch the ever so lovely Elf-Helpbooks. At the same time, we start distributing the Xenophobes Guide series, which went on to become such a big success that thr “Xenephobes guide to the Danes” appeared on National TV three times in 1997/98
1998
1998

Thomas The Tank Engine

Thomas The Tank Engine
1998 represented a milestone for Forlaget Buster, as they joined the children’s books arena with the world’s fourth most popular children’s character: Thomas The Tank Engine. By accident, Knud’s family of three saw it on TV on a Friday afternoon in September 1996 and immediately fell in love. Two years later, their publishing program of this wonderful book series began, and it is something they still proudly hold as their crown jewel.
1998

Gnomes series

Gnomes series
As in 1998, Buster Forlaget proudly introduced the Dutch author Rien Poortvliet’s Gnomes series. This remarkable artist passed away a few years before launching the series, so this release was also is done in tribute to Rien, who, according to Wikipedia, “was an outdoors man, hunter and painter. He understood as no other the art of bringing you into contact with the beauty and peculiarity of life on Earth.”
1999
1999

String Along

String Along
Buster Forlaget ended the 20th century by launching String Along in Denmark and Finland – titles that are still in print in these two countries today.
2000
2000

Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig
Crossing the millennium, Forlaget Buster started distribution in Norway and Sweden, and for the first time as a pan-Nordic publisher, introduced one of the top preschool children’s books, Peppa Pig – still a household name throughout the world.
2007
2007

The Elephant Family series

The Elephant Family series
In 2007, Buster Forlaget became the proud publisher of The Elephant Family series from Walker Books.
2008
2008

Ronaldinho Gaucho Comic strip

Ronaldinho Gaucho Comic strip
More great news! Ronaldo de Assis Moreira – better known as Ronaldinho and FIFA World Player – in both 2004 and 2005. Ronaldinho Gaucho Comic strip by Brazil’s answer on Walt Disney – Mauricio de Souza. Thanks for the show, dear friends.
2008

 Roary the Racing Car

 Roary the Racing Car
The following year, they really started rocking with Roary the Racing Car – an instantly popular series about a racing car with a similarly big heart as Thomas the Tank Engine and touting Sir Stirling Moss as the narrator of the BBC book series. Currently, the series has already enjoyed over 10 years in our portfolio.
2008

In the Night Garden

In the Night Garden
Also in 2008 In the Night Garden, the most hyped character in the licensed book world 15 years ago, and Forlaget Buster gets the Pan Nordic rights. Weeeek! And in Norway we launch three book titles that get ranked as No 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on Ark.No bestseller list. Once NRK considered dropping TV support, it became a matter brought up at the Norwegian Parliament:  https://www.nrk.no/kultur/vil-redde-drommehagen-1.6944834
2009
2009

The FIFA World Football Record 

The FIFA World Football Record 
2009 represents another successful launch, The FIFA World Football Record book
2009

Micheal Jackson

Micheal Jackson
And a tribute to Michael Jackson, who died earlier that year.
2010
2010

Postman Pat 

Postman Pat 
In 2010 we happily welcome Postman Pat to our growing family, and we change our name to Buster Nordic.
2011
2011

Monster High books

Monster High books
2011 represents another big jump forward with a series of Monster High books
2011

Dora the Explorer

Dora the Explorer
2011

The Immortal Series

The Immortal Series
2011

Time Riders

Time Riders
2012
2012

Skylanders Book series.

Skylanders Book series.
2012 opens up for the very successful Skylanders Book series.
2012

Mike the Knight

Mike the Knight
2013
2013

Neymar Jr.

Neymar Jr.
That year we also launched Neymar Jr. about the fabulous Neymar Da Silva’s glorious soccer career.
2013

One Direction books

One Direction books
2013 saw the launch of the official One Direction books.
2014
2014

Warner Bros. books

Warner Bros. books
And it keeps getting better. In 2014, we introduce license books within The Warner Bros. book range.
2014

Pingu

Pingu
Also joining the party is Pingu, to great applause.
2016
2016

Bob the Builder

Bob the Builder
2016 we welcome Bob the Builder.
2017
2017

The Enchantimals

The Enchantimals
In 2017 The Enchantimals finds a home with us.
2018
2018

Digital Publishing

Digital Publishing
2018 we significantly joined the digital arena, where we now enjoy fruitful partnerships with the market leading platforms throughout Nordic.
2019
2019

Activity products

2019 we added activity products, which was especially popular during the Covid-19 lockdown as a way to keep kids busy. And, we are now digital outside Nordic as well.
2021
2021

Tiny Square Critters

Tiny Square Critters
2021 and into the future, Buster Nordic has a strong presence in the licensing world – as well as taking part in Nordic series created in the Nordic, such as Tiny Square Critters. Set in the forest, Tiny Square Critters tells stories from the target audience’s own world, e.g. The first day in kindergarten, Where is my mum?, I can’t sleep. The critters are all square shaped animal children. These wonderful books are called: In Danish – Hjørnebjørne In Finnish – Kulmikkaat Kaverit In Norwegian – Firkantdyr In Swedish – Små Fyrkantiga Djur
2021

Siri The Viking

Siri The Viking
… with more titles coming up very soon. Buster Nordic is expanding on a healthy range of products and has the anatomy to include more exciting book series.

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CEO Buster Nordic