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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 5
  • Series: Pippi Longstocking
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers; Tra edition (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670062766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670062768
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lauren Child's ... version of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking is sublime.' Amanda Craig, The Times '[Lauren Child's] an inspired choice to hook a new generation of children on Sweden's greatest literary export.' Susanna Forest, Telegraph Review 'Some word and picture partnerships are akin to a marriage made in heaven. First there was EH Shepard and AA Milne, then Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl-now Lauren Child and Astrid Lindgren. If ever there was an illustrator born to understand the psyche and well-loved quirkiness of Pippi Longstocking and infuse it with a 21st-century edge, then Child is that artist.' Junior 'There's no stopping Lauren Child as she brings her own inimitable style to illustrate Pippi Longstocking ... Everyone will love this.' The Bookseller 'Lauren Child ... is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi ... her unmistakable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book and will enable another generation of readers to enjoy the exploits of this extraordinary little girl.' Books for Keeps --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) created the character of Pippi to entertain her daughter. Lindgren was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for her contribution to international children’s literature.

Lauren Child is the award-winning creator of the characters Charlie and Lola. She has won the Smarties Gold Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal. Lauren lives in London.

Tiina Nunnally has translated over twenty books from Scandinavian languages into English. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

Customer Reviews

This book is lovely for kids and just as enjoyable for adults.
mamallama8
This book is a perfect combination of a charming, fun story and adorable illustrations.
B.E.
I read this book at bedtime to my 4.5 year old daughter and 2.5 year old son.
J. Polzin

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Miller on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I bought this edition to read to my young daughters because I was enchanted by the pictures, and hey, it said "sparkling new translation". Unfortunately, it loses some of the charm of the older one. I showed it to some Swedish friends of ours, and they agreed -- specifically, the original book itself is a bit old and uses dated Swedish phrasing, so the older English translation seemed more fitting. (Imagine if, say, The Wind in the Willows were updated to sparkling new English!)

Worse, the words haven't been updated just to be more modern -- they're also sanitized. The glaring example throughout is that Pippi's father is no longer King of the Cannibals -- he's now king of the _natives_. That's not just a translation, it's an editorial change.

I recommend getting The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking instead. The translation is better, and it contains all of the stories, not just the first book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Over sixty years ago, Astrid Lindgren wrote stories about Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump for her daughter. In 1945, the book Pippi Longstocking was published in Sweden. Five years later, it was published in the USA. In 2007, one hundred years after Lindgren was born, Viking released a new edition of Pippi Longstocking, with a new translation by Tiina Nunnally and new illustrations by Lauren Child.

I really enjoyed this edition. I liked the original novels by Astrid Lindgren when I was younger, and I haven't revisited them in decades, so this was a nice piece of escapism on a Sunday morning. I appreciate the work that went into this book.

I have read many of Lauren Child's books and have come to embrace her style. She uses pieces and patches to create her collages and pictures, an interesting combination of photography and illustration. I think the illustrations in this edition are adorable AND match the text.

This edition also gets kudos for its typesetting. Most of it is straightforward, but every so often - just often enough without being too often - there's a sentence or two that runs backwards or sideways, or there's a bold word or two. This too is Child's style. In this particular book, one of my favorite restructured lines is a sentence about Mr. Nilsson's tail that is actually shaped like a tail. That makes me happy because I like emblematic verse. (You can thank Charles Dodgson for that, because I was first exposed to emblematic verse in his book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.)

Translating is never easy, especially when it comes to artistic endeavors such as stories, lyrics, and poems, which are dependent upon language, word choices, and meter.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SeaShell on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
It really pains me to give this beautiful book only 2 stars. We are huge Pippi fans AND Charlie and Lola fans, so I really, really wanted to love this book. As other reviewers have mentioned though, the updated translation may conform with modern sensibilities, but it is a bore. We are usually laughing out loud as we read Pippi, but with this version, we went 3 chapters with barely a snicker. My apologies to the translator (I know it is a very hard job), but the humor has been completely translated out.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Villines on July 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
0670062766 This edition is illustrated by Lauren Child. It has large type and exceptional illustrations. The attached file for the "look inside" feature is absolutely the wrong one as of this writing -- 7/27/2008. I can't find a place to tell Amazon that. The illustrations on this version are unique. The pages are designed around inserted motifs and there are many, many unique full page illustrations. No matter how many other editions of Pippi you have, buy this one too.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B.E. on January 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is a perfect combination of a charming, fun story and adorable illustrations. I am a big fan of Lauren Child's so I was thrilled to find this version. My six-year-old twins (boy and girl) loved hearing about Pippi's adventures and have asked for more Pippi stories. My husband and I enjoyed Pippi as well--you can't ask for more from a children's book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eleanore Macnish on October 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book is wonderful but what is really fantastic about this one in particular is that the illustrations are beautifully done - amazingly well done in a style that reminds me a bit of Eric Carle books. The illustrations enhanced the experience of the book for me and my 7 year old!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By GKama on September 3, 2010
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I was born in a village in Turkey but had a family who was obsessed with reading. The story of the little who could do anything if she put her mind to it and also chose to use her powers for the greater good still speaks to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kimchee on July 19, 2011
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I bought this book for my granddaughter and I know she will love it. I loved this book myself as a child and still do today as an adult.
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