Pippi Longstocking

1945

Format
Chapter book
Author
Astrid Lindgren
Translator
Tiina Nunnally
Illustrator
Lauren Child
Publisher
Oxford University Press

The first book about Pippi Longstocking, the strongest and kindest and jolliest and richest girl in the whole world. She lives all alone in Villekulla Cottage with her horse and her pet monkey, Mr Nelson. She also has an entire suitcase filled with gold coins. In the house next-door, live Tommy and Annika and since Pippi moved in, life has become a lot more fun! Only Pippi bakes gingerbread biscuits right on the floor, is able to lift up her horse with one arm, and plays tag with the policemen coming to take her to the children’s home.

When it was first published in 1945 the book about Pippi Longstocking created quite the havoc during bedtime stories across the land, and since then generations of children all over the world have come to know and love her.

Pippi is in the great tradition of children's protagonists who subvert the adult world, whether by questioning it, like Alice, or simply throwing it into chaos, like Dr Seuss's Cat in the Hat.
Sean French, The Guardian