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PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date6th September 2007
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
A beautiful edition of this classic story about a remarkable little girl in a lavish full colour edition. Pippi Longstocking is nine years old and she lives alone with a horse, a monkey and a suitcase stuffed full of gold coins. The three have the most delightful, unusual and amazing adventures along with their neighbours Tommy and Annika. Astrid Lindgren’s classic story is perfectly brought to live in Lauren Child’s vibrant illustrations.
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SynopsisPippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking is nine years old. She has just moved into Villa Villekulla where she lives all by herself with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in the village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail.
Reviews'Lauren Child is so good, it's exhilarating.'
'Lauren Child's distinctive style is perfect for Pippi Longstocking, the nine-year-old girl with enormous strength and very large shoes.'
'should certainly be on every child's bookshelf.'
Amanda Craig, The Times
'Child's] an inspired choice to hook a new generation of children on Sweden's greatest literary export ... If Pippi met Voldemort she'd make mincemeat out of him and then, because she's a generous, forgiving soul, sit him down and feed him ginger snaps.'
About The Author
Astrid Lindgren was born Astrid Ericsson on November 14, 1907 on a farm called Nas outside the small town of Vimmerby in Sweden. As a child, Astrid loved to read, particularly books which had girls as the heroine. She loved Anne of Green Gables and the Pollyanna books. One of her strongest recollections as a child was meeting two pilots, Captains Sonders and Madicken. One of them tried to land on the roof of her house, or that is the way it looked at the time.
After attending public school, she moved to Stockholm and married Sture Lindgren. The Lindgrens had two children. Astrid wrote her first story, Britt-Mari Opens Her Heart, in 1944. Her second book, Pippi Longstocking, which she wrote as a present for her daughter's tenth birthday, was published in 1945. She received the Raben & Sjogren's Best Children's Book prize for Pippi and became a book editor for that publisher for many years. She also received numerous other honours and awards including the International Book Award.
Astrid published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages. She died in 2002, aged 94.
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