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Mischievous Meg Mass Market Paperback – August 6, 1985
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Bright and spirited, Meg is never at a loss for concocting well intentioned mischief. She fashions a parachute out of an umbrella and jumps off the roof. She suffers from a concussion and has to endure the gloating of her bratty little sister and the foolish housekeeper who gloatingly insist that it is not Meg who gets into trouble; rather, it is the mythical imp, "Sebastian Loki." The pair taunt poor Meg into a frenzy with their Sebastian stories, which I thought was mean.
Meg rebounds and is back with a BANG! In fact, she cuts her own bangs, defaces a picture of the Queen in one of her history books and blames her recent spate of mischief on a classmate named "Richard." As you have already guessed by now, there was no Richard. Meg was just being..well, bright, irrepressisible, high spirited MEG! I love her!
I also loved the cultural enrichment this book provided. The description of the Swedish Christmas was a bonus treat.
This is the kind of book that binds generations. It is timeless.
We enjoyed this about as much as we did Longstocking, but for different reasons. While Longstocking is a lot of fun to read, the thing about Mischievous Meg is that she is real, and the conflicts she faces and the choices she makes have a basis in reality. It was fun to discuss and predict with my son, as he was seeing her do many of the naughty things he is familiar with - making up stories, doing dangerous things, being rambunctious and having both a fondness for and vexing exhaustion from school. This book, while not full of the bizarre twists and turns of Longstocking's sometimes creepy contempt for and injury of adults, does say something about the real relationships and frustrations children have with their own imaginations and limitations.
We enjoyed it very much, and perhaps my favorite interaction went something like this after Meg jumped off the wood shed and was bloodied and unresponsive:
Me: so, what do you think happened?
Son: She fell and got hurt!
M: you were right, then! That is what you said would happen - but her sister says she is dead. Do you think she is hurt or dead?
S: She is just hurt.
M: How do you know?
S: Its obvious.
M: But she is on the ground not moving and she has blood all over her face...Read more ›
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Sometimes you shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. The great Manny Rayner extols this book, published in Swedish in 1960 as Madicken, in both the original Swedish... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miss Ivonne
have the book in Germany can not buy. 'm very satisfied and to be happy with this book my girlfriend a nice christmasPublished on December 9, 2013 by Jan W.
Astrid Lindgren is not a one trick pony. She is always known for Pippi Longstocking, but this book stands out on its own. Read morePublished on September 8, 2013 by Julia N. Wiener