illustrated by Lauren Child
translated by Tiina Nunnally
Believe it or not this was my first reading of Pippi Longstocking. I think I would have liked the story more if I had read it first as a child. As an adult I found that Pippi was a little bit crazy and a little bit annoying. However, I think kids will really enjoy this book. For one thing Pippi does whatever she wants. And kids often wish they could as well. Plus kids will enjoy the crazy way that Pippi does things (making cookies on the kitchen floor or having a monkey and a horse for pets are just normal for Pippi). And the fact that Pippi always gets the upper hand when facing robbers or ringmasters at the circus. I can see why kids will like the book. As far as the illustrations go, I really love them. I like the combination of fun textures for the floor or clothes or whatnot combined with the whimsical way the characters are drawn. And let’s but honest, the whimsical character illustrations are perfect for a character like Pippi Longstocking. All in all this is a fun book, and since it is a classic literature character I am glad that I was finally introduced to her spirit and independence.
Book Discussion Questions:
What would you do if you lived in a house all by yourself?
Do you like Pippi Longstocking? Would you want her for your friend? Why or why not?
Pippi Longstocking is very strong. If you could be the best at something (like being the strongest person), what would you want your super talent to be?
Pippi does some unusual things (like sleeping with her feet on her pillow). If you could do something unusual, what would it be?
Would you want to be involved in some of Pippi’s adventures? Why or why not?
Viking, Penguin Young Readers Group, 2007
FORMAT: Classic Juvenile Literature
AGES: Elementary School