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Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics) Paperback – April 21, 2005

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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere.

Astrid Lindgren has created a unique and lovable character, inspiring generations of children to want to be Pippi. More than anything, Pippi makes reading a pleasure; no child will welcome the end of the book, and many will return to Pippi Longstocking again and again. Simply put, Pippi is irresistible. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A rollicking story."--The Horn Book

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 0870 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reissue edition (April 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142402494
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142402498
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (327 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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152 of 155 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
To my mind, Pippi Longstocking is perhaps the world's first child superhero. Able to lift strong policemen with her bare hands! Capable of climbing tall houses and trees with virtually no effort at all! Rescuing children from burning buildings and adults from snobby talk! If, like myself, you were a child of the 1980s then your first exposure to Miss Longstocking probably came in the form of that gawdawful movie circa 1988. Words alone cannot express the damage that film did to the youth of America. After watching it I avoided the book "Pippi Longstocking" like it was the plague itself. Only recently have I recanted and decided to read Astrid Lindgren's classic tale. As charming as it is outright bizarre I charge all of you to take the time to find and devour this little Swedish gem. Pippi's a pip, no question.

Working at wish fulfillment on about ten different levels, Pippi is the ultimate kid's kid. She lives all alone in a large fantastic house. Her mother died while she was but a babe and her father has been lost at sea. As optimistic regarding her father's return as Primrose Squarp in "Everything On a Waffle", Pippi fills her days with dancing, pancakes, and games. She owns a whole suitcase of gold coins, which allow her the freedom to live alone and untended. On top of that, she has her own monkey (the drolly named Mr. Nilsson) and horse. The neighbor children Annika and Tommy think (rightly so) that Pippi's a wonder. She never attends school or bothers with all the problems other children suffer. Instead, she has her own unique perspective on life and the people around her. Though precocious she's never mean, even when dealing with bullies or criminals.

The book, originally published in American in 1950, is a wonder.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Becky on June 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
I read my first Pippi Longstocking book in 1983 when I was eight years old, and although I'm now twenty five, she still makes me laugh. She is such a free spirit - she lives alone except for a horse and a monkey, says what she thinks, does whatever comes into her mind, no matter how ridiculous it is, she can laugh at herself, and she enjoys life. But the reason why I hold her in such regard now I'm an adult is that although she says and does whatever her heart desires, it's never done at the expense of anyone else's feelings.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on June 10, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you haven't introduced your kids to Pippi, they're missing out! I loved Pippi as a kid. She was so outrageously funny. She got away with all kinds of nonsense and had the most amazing adventures. So when I read it again, as a parent this time, I was happy to find that they were just as good as I remembered. My 8 year old laughs and laughs at Pippi. This is a great book to read aloud. My favorite part is Pippi's hilarious tall tales about people she has known. A Classic!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 9, 2011
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Do you like funny books with silly characters and many adventures? Pippi Longstocking is a girl who lives alone in a house called Villa Villekulla. Pippi has no mother or father. Pippi says her mother is an angel, and her father is a cannibal king. She is not all alone, though. She has a monkey and a horse to keep her company.
Pippi meets her next door neighbors, Tommy and Annika. They have lots of adventures together. One of the adventures they had was when Tommy and Annika convinced Pippi to go to school. Pippi decided school was not a good place for her.
The setting of this story helped the characters come to life. Pippi's home was a great place for the setting. Pippi's house is an old Swedish home. The author, Astrid Lindgren, showed all that in her writing.
Pippi is not what you would expect from a nine year-old-girl. She has fiery-red hair and tightly braided braids; it is so tight her braids stick out from her head! Pippi wears old dresses with patches where holes were. Pippi is brave, happy, and joyful.
Tommy and Annika are two very polite children. They both dress in very nice clothes. Tommy never fights with Annika, and Annika never fights with Tommy. They are very well behaved children.
Astrid Lindgren is the author of Pippi Longstocking. Astrid lived in Sweden. She was born in 1907 and died in 2002. She won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal which is the highest award in children's literature. A famous quote she once said was, "You must never put things in children's books that amuse only adults - that would be rude to the child who is going to read the book." Astrid Lindgren was Swede of the Year on her 90th birthday. She won many awards before she died.
Pippi Longstocking was one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read funny, silly books! What crazy adventure will Pippi go on next?
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By on December 23, 1998
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For years, I've enjoyed reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Pippi Longstocking and the three other books that follow it. This is one of the very few children's books that are, very necessarily, a staple of any good childhood. Pippi allows every child, whether it be in age, or in heart, to live out fantasies of going to the ends of the earth and of having fun adventures from which they'll always come out on top, with Pippi leading the way. Though there were few books in the series, especially compared to most other children's series, the powerful words contained within their covers more than compensate for this, raising your imagination to new heights.
I have only one message for anyone reading this: BUY THIS BOOK. Whether or not you have children, this is an exciting, completely irreverent, and just plain fun story that will have you laughing and dreaming just like a kid--again. :)
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