Cover of Karlsson on the Roof

Karlsson on the Roof

1955

Format
Chapter book
Author
Astrid Lindgren
Translator
Sarah Death
Illustrator
Mini Grey
Publisher
Oxford University Press

This is the first book about Karlsson on the Roof, perhaps Astrid Lindgren’s most controversial creation besides Pippi Longstocking.

Up on the roof of an altogether normal house on an altogether normal street in Stockholm, lives a Mister, whose name is Karlsson. He is a a handsome, exceedingly wise, all-round hero in the prime of his life, who lives in a tiny little cottage hidden behind the big chimney. One beautiful day, through the window of Smidge’s room, in flies Karlsson …

In 2021, 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.