Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren and Louis S. Glanzman

The antics and adventures of irrepressible Pippi Longstocking have delighted readers... read more

The antics and adventures of irrepressible Pippi Longstocking have delighted readers worldwide since first published in Sweden in 1945. Pippi, a plucky red-headed girl, lives on her own with her monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and a horse in Villa Villekulla, while her father is away at sea. Pippi makes her own rules, such as wearing mismatched socks and cutting out cookies on the kitchen floor. Her manners are both a surprise and delight to the siblings next door, Tommy and Annika, who quickly become Pippi’s playmates. From having a tea party in a tree to climbing on the furniture while playing “Don’t Step on the Floor,” the brother and sister embrace Pippi’s way of looking at things upside down. Pippi even sleeps with her feet on the pillow and head under the covers! Pippi has many run-ins with adults who want to change her ways, but her clever strategies save the day every time. This colorfully designed new edition features bold collage illustrations from Lauren Child. In addition, playful font work and creative page spreads lend the book a fun and fresh look while still maintaining authenticity. This edition also presents a new translation by Tiina Nunnally that preserves the distinct Swedish cultural elements at the same time it refreshes the language for modern readers. (Ages 7–11)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

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