Photo: Leif Hansen

Photo: Leif Hansen

Ilon Wikland

Ilon Wikland is a Swedish artist who has illustrated the largest number of Astrid Lindgren’s books. In 1944, Wiklund escaped the second Soviet occupation of Estonia with a classmate’s family and arrived in Sweden as a refugee. Almost a decade later, she met the author of Pippi Longstocking, who was about to publish Mio My Son, the story of a boy adopted by a couple who dislike children. While Astrid Lidgren often observed that she wrote for her inner child, Wikland said she drew for the child within herself.

Her drawings are characterised by clear, clean lines and colours, and often reflect a warm, idealistic sense of childhood. However, darkness is never far away. She has illustrated The Six Children of Noisy Village, The Brothers Lionheart, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter, and many picture books by Lindgren and other writers. 

Books

Vår i Bullerbyn

Spring in Noisy Village

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

265×205 mm, 2019, 40 pp

Picture books

Jul i Bullerbyn

Christmas in Noisy Village

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

265×205 mm, 2018, 40 pp

Picture books

Var är Sammeli?

Where is Sammeli?

Ilon Wikland

2017, 32 pp

Picture books

När Lisbeth pillade in en ärta i näsan

A Pea in Elisabeth’s Nose

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

150×200 mm, 2013, 54 pp

Picture books

Inga rövare finns i skogen

There Aren’t Any Robbers in the Forest

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

210×255 mm, 2009, 56 pp

Picture books

Jullov är ett bra påhitt, sa Madicken

Mardie’s Christmas Holiday Adventure

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

150×200 mm, 1993, 60 pp

Picture books

Visst är Lotta en glad unge

Lotta’s Easter Surprise

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

210×280 mm, 1990, 40 pp

Picture books

Jag vll inte gå och lägga mig

I Don’t Want To Go To Bed

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

200×254 mm, 1987, 32 pp

Picture books

Skinn Skerping

The Ghost of Skinny Jack

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

200×254 mm, 1986, 32 pp

Picture books

Draken med de röda ögonen

The Dragon With Red Eyes

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

200×254 mm, 1985, 32 pp

Picture books

Titta Madicken, det snöar!

The Runaway Sleigh Ride

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

215×280 mm, 1983, 32 pp

Board books

Jag vill också gå i skolan

I Want To Go To School Too

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

200×254 mm, 1979, 32 pp

Picture books

Jag vill också ha ett syskon

I Want a Brother or a Sister

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

200×250 mm, 1978, 32 pp

Picture books

Visst kan Lotta nästan allting

Lotta’s Christmas Surprise

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

210×280 mm, 1977, 36 pp

Picture books

Visst kan Lotta cykla

Lotta’s Bike

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

215×280 mm, 1971, 40 pp

Picture books

Barnens dag i Bullerbyn

A Day in Noisy Village

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

265×205 mm, 1966, 40 pp

Picture books

Kajsa Kavat hjälper mormor

Brenda Brave Helps Grandmother

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

170×210 mm, 1958, 32 pp

Picture books

Nils Karlsson Pyssling flyttar in

Simon Small Moves In

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

210×255 mm, 1956, 32 pp

Picture books