Mardie

1960

Format
Chapter book
Author
Astrid Lindgren
Translator
Patricia Crampton
Illustrator
Ilon Wikland
Publisher
Mammoth

In the big red house, down by the river lives Mardie. Her mummy and daddy live there too and her little sister Lisbet and a black poodle called Sasso and a kitten called Goodie. Mardie’s real name is Margaret, but she only gets called that when she needs to be reprimanded. And that’s quite often, actually, because she’s got a whole lot of preposterous ideas and never thinks before she does things. Not until afterwards …

The model for Mardie ("Madicken" in Swedish) was Astrid Lindgren’s childhood friend Anne-Marie Fries, whose nickname was Madicken.