Pippi Longstocking

Authored by Astrid Lindgren
Illustrated by Mini Grey
Published by Oxford University Press

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Pippi Longstocking was written by Astrid Lindgren in 1945, to entertain her daughter Karin, who was ill with pneumonia. In the 75 years since her books have been translated into 107 different languages and enjoyed all over the world. This latest edition of the books features illustrations by Mini Grey.

Pippi is an independent child who lives in a house called ‘Villa Villekulla’ with a horse, a monkey and a suitcase full of gold; but no grown-ups to tell her what to do. The house is next to Tommy and Annika, who find their new neighbour, with her freckles, homemade clothes and two red plaits is capable of helping them have new adventures…and getting them into trouble as well!

The short chapter format of the book lends itself to reading aloud in class or for developing reading stamina. The stories are fun and although written many years ago have a modern resonance and humour. The book is further enhanced by the illustrations, which skilfully bring Pippi and the adventures to life, with detailed black and white illustrations throughout the book; I especially like the Mr Nilsson pictures at the beginning of each story in the book.

Overall, I would recommend this as a class reader and an essential part of any class collection. It is full of humour and the latest edition is a great way to introduce a new generation to Pippi and her friends.