- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 192mm x 246mm x 30mm | 898g
- Publication date: 6 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: Oxford
- ISBN 10: 0192782401
- ISBN 13: 9780192782403
- Edition: Special edition
- Edition statement: Gift edition
- Illustrations note: in full colour
- Sales rank: 3,627
A true children's classic, now available for the first time in a lavish, full colour gift edition, with illustrations by award-winning children's artist, Lauren Child. 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 plans. 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. Generations of children have fallen in love with Pippi Longstocking. Just like Tommy and Annika, readers are instantly charmed by her warmth and sense of fun. This gift edition of Pippi Longstocking features a specially commissioned new English translation of the original Swedish text, and illustrator Lauren Child has brought her own inimitable style to this feisty and inspiring little girl.
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During her lifetime, Lindgren was awarded dozens of Swedish and international prizes for her writing, among them the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen medal in 1958: widely considered the ultimate accolade for an author of children's books. Lauren Child was awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2001 for 'I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato' and the Nestle Smarties Gold Award in 2002 for 'That Pesky Rat'.
By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008
Astrid Lindgren was born in Sweden in 1907. Her children's classic, Pippi Longstocking, first appeared in 1945. In celebration of their hundredth year publishing children's books, and the hundredth anniversary of Lindgren's birth, Oxford University Press have published this lovely gift version of her well-loved classic, newly translated by Tiina Nunnally and featuring some quite fabulous artwork by award-wining children's books illustrator Lauren Child.
Pippi is nine years old and 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. All the adults around her try to make Pippi behave "properly" but Pippi Ã?Â¢?? quite rightly, I say! Ã?Â¢?? has other ideas. Pippi would much rather spend her time playing with Tommy and Annika or telling her outrageously surreal tall tales.
Astrid Lindgren once said, 'I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.' Pitched at a readership of between 5 and 9 years, older children will love it, and the adults reading to them will be equally enchanted by this timeless, charming book.
'Lauren Child is so good, it's exhilarating.' The Independent 'Lauren Child's distinctive style is perfect for Pippi Longstocking, the nine-year-old girl with enormous strength and very large shoes.' Sunday Express '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.' Telegraph