- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: FBAPowerSetup (2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192727729
- ISBN-13: 978-0192727725
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Karlson on the Roof Paperback – 2008
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PS - I have sent a protest letter to Viking Penguin stating the reasons why this classic should be republished in English. Let's hope this gets somewhere!
I read this book in Russian when I was a child and absolutely loved it! It's still one of my favorite books and my kids (now 18.
and 13) also loved it, and were enchanted by the Russian translation even they couldn't read it by themselves. They were very excited to have finally! copy in English but barely could read few pages. The dynamic of the book was different, the text is plain boring.
And the names of the characters were changed.
If Russian translator could keep the original names why English translator couldn't?
( Svante Svanteson is a main character, Bettan is the name of his sister, Bosse is the name of his brother, his friends are Gunilla and Krister and the nanny's name is Fröken Hildur Bock)?
I wouldn't spent a penny on this book, the earlier translations were better, I would recommend "Karlson flies again" translation by Patricia Crampton, even the names are changed, but the language is so much better!
They loved Children of Noisy Village and Pippi Longstocking so I thought it would be a good idea to get this book as well.
Well, this book is not as much fun. First of all, the fonts are very small, much smaller than regular books. And the most important thing, the plot really isn't all that interesting. Maybe it gets better. My boys lost patience pretty quickly (it's actually the first book ever that they got up and went away as I was reading it to them...), so we didn't get past the first 2-3 chapters.
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I like Astrid's tories a lot and got these for the kids. This edition is soft cover and illustrations are so-so, but the book is still great;)Published 4 months ago by Olena Zribi
I grew up with Karlson on the Roof books and I was happy to find them on Amazon to read them to my kids.Published 4 months ago by v.b.
I loved Astrid Lindgren's books as a child and was delighted to find them in English (children's books by non-American authors are so hard to find in the States). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alessya
Bought as a birthday gift for 10 year old girl. Lives in another state, We have been informed that she was very excited to receive this book and the other 3 there were part of this... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robert Wold
Ah, the stories of Astrid Lindgren's filled with love and harmony. Indeed, the Swedish writer was a sorceress in the world of children's literature. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Jordan Davis