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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren



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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Published by Oxford University Press, 2007
Illustrated by Lauren Child

Looking at the latest edition of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking, fans of Lauren Child’s illustrations will immediately recognise her quirky portrayal of the well loved heroine.

Astrid Lindgren's children's classic first appeared in 1945. Astrid once commented, 'I write to amuse the child within me, and can only hope that other children may have some fun that way, too.'

Generations of children have enjoyed the story of nine year-old Pippi Longstocking, the new arrival in Villa Villekulla. There 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.

In this edition, the story is excellently complimented by Lauren Child’s traditional, vibrant, collage-style drawings. Children who may have never felt tempted to pick up this story will now be drawn to it immediately.

‘Known and loved as the creator of some equally feisty little girls - notably Clarice Bean and Lola - Lauren Child has brought her own inimitable style to this beautifully-illustrated edition of Pippi Longstocking.’

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