All the people in Lönneberga felt sorry for the Svenssons in Katthult who had such a rascal for a son. If only they’d known that Emil was going to become Chairman of the Local Council when he grew up! But this book is not about that. It’s about all the mischief – like that time when Emil got his head got stuck in the soup tureen and that unfortunate Sunday when he hoisted little Ida up the flagpole.
The first book about Emil i Lönneberga, one of the most beloved of all of Astrid Lindgren’s characters, and the one she liked best. The stories of Emil are based on her own father Samuel August and everything he told her about his childhood in Småland during the end of the 19th century.
In 2020, the books have been newly illustrated by Mini Grey and published by Oxford University Press in the UK. Previous editions were illustrated by Tony Ross.