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Gr 3–6—Pippi Longstocking returns to delight new audiences and old in this collection of classic comics, adapted from the popular children's books and translated into English for the first time. Pippi's motives are driven by curiosity, as readers will relate, but her lack of manners and informed judgment, specifically when it comes to situations involving adults, are what make her such a beloved character. The lively protagonist overturns the scheme of a pair of burglars by playing games and dancing with them. She rescues two neighboring children from a house fire and aims the hose directly at the fireman's face after he shows his gratitude. She spoils a tea party at the home of her best friends, Tommy and Annika. No matter the situation, Pippi makes her mark. Nyman's illustrations jump off the page in vivid colors and much of the storytelling is told through the paneled art. An excellent selection for introducing new readers to one of literature's most memorable characters.—Matthew C. Winner, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, MD
In this second volume (Pippi Moves In, 2012), Drawn & Quarterly continues to bring vintage Pippi comics, originally published in Sweden in the 1950s, to American audiences. Vang Nyman’s large-format panels, in bright, bold primary colors, are the perfect match for Lindgren’s bombastic Pippi, who rescues children from burning buildings, defeats a pair of daft burglars, and competes in feats of strength with her father (she wins, of course). Though there is not much continuity among each of the stories, there is some tension when Pippi gets the chance to go to sea with her father, but at the last minute, prompted by her friends’ sadness, she decides to stay in Villa Villekulla after all. Pippi’s best quality is her free-spirited innocence, and each four-page story perfectly captures those flighty, wide-eyed, and imaginative attributes, from Pippi’s inability to behave at a tea party right down to her mismatched, slouchy socks. Fans of the books will recognize the familiar Pippi stories and love this new glimpse into an old favorite. Grades K-2. --Sarah HunterSee all Editorial Reviews