- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (August 6, 1985)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140319549
- ISBN-13: 978-0140319545
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,425,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mischievous Meg Paperback – August 6, 1985
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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...
(at this point I thought he would say, 'because there is half a book left' or something literal)
S: Yeah, but her eyes are just closed - They aren't Xs. If she was dead, her eyes would be Xs.
It was cute. Read this classic international children's literature with your kids - It might not have explosions and car jumps and trolls and many illustrations, but the content is high quality and it speaks to children on a personal level without looking down on them. A good read.
Written by Astrid Lindgren, best known for Pippi Longstocking, Mischievous Meg features a heroine unlike the unrealistically well-behaved storybook children; Meg gets up to all kinds of mischief, despite her best intentions. However, I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy the book — whether because of the translation or because of the book itself or because I read it in paperback rather than listened to it on Audible — as much as I did Lindgren’s Children of the Noisy Village. As with The Children of Noisy Village, I was at home sick when I devoured Mischievous Meg in a single morning, but it wasn’t as delightful.
Like The Children of Noisy Village, Mischievous Meg is set in a rural Sweden before automobiles became ubiquitous and before radio and television. What a delight to see Meg and Betsy play at being pirates or elegant ladies or the biblical Joseph! At the risk of sounding like an old lady, it’s sad how much has been lost to television, the Xbox, and the Internet. So I’ll take my own advice and not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Mischievous Meg provided a welcome balm when I was in bed sick, and that’s good enough.