I shall never forget the day Mr Lilyvale came to get me for the first time. There was a knock on the window. “My name’s Mr Lilyvale”, he said, “I’m just tiptoeing about on the window-sills to see if there are any children who might want to come along to the Land of Twilight. Perhaps you’d like to?” Of course I would!
Mr Lilyvale ("Herr Liljonkvast") was a friendlier predecessor to Karlsson on the Roof. Astrid Lindgren’s daughter Karin thought up the name. The story from the Nils Karlsson-Pyssling collection is published here as a picture book with illustrations by Marit Törnqvist.