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Ronia, the Robber's Daughter Paperback – February 5, 1985
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Text: English, Swedish (translation)
About the Author
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) was born in Sweden. After college, she worked in a newspaper office and a Swedish publishing house. Her most famous and beloved book, Pippi Longstocking, was originally published in Swedish in 1950, and was later translated into many other languages. It was followed by two sequels, Pippi Goes on Board and Pippi in the South Sea. Ms. Lindgren had a long, prolific career, writing more than 100 picture books, poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, and novels. In 1958, she won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the highest international award in children's literature.
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Yes, this *is* a book review. As soon as we finished the series, I started reading the book to him, and it's been fun because he already knows the story. While I read he fills in upcoming details as he remembers things. If it weren't for that, I wouldn't be able to read him such a grownup book. And as any parent with four kids knows, it gets pretty awful reading the same dumb pre-K books over and over, kid after kid, on and on to doomsday.
The book uses slightly different names than the series. The big change is "Mattis" in the Anime, and "Matt" in the book. He got mad at me when I read "Matt" the first few times, so I started translating it to "Mattis" for him. Of course I only did it right 80% of the time, and after a while he got mad when I said "Mattis" and wanted me to just say "Matt". When I read "Little Pip" in the book, he remembered that in the TV show it was "Little Snip." Did I mention he's a super genius!
Anyway, if you liked the series, get the book too! Or vice-versa
Ronia grows up in an enclave of professional robbers, but her interest is more in the woods around their encampment. Complications ensue when she meets the son of a rival robber clan, and they bond- making life more complex all the way around.
It's not quite as anarchic as Pippi, but has lots of action and growth arcs for most of the characters, including the adults.
Very recommended! As an adult reading it for the first time I found it very entertaining, and the independently-minded kids are smart, adventurous, and resourceful.