With Astrid Lindgren´s breakthrough book, Pippi Longstocking (1945), Lindgren at once reinvigorated children’s literature and created one of its most interesting characters. Pippi appeared in chapter books, picture books and a series of film adaptations. Red-haired, pig-tailed, principled, resourceful, independent and so strong that she can lift her horse with ease, Pippi is the nine-year-old daughter of a buccaneering sea captain who lives on a remote island and a mother who died when Pippi was a baby. She lives in a small Swedish village, in a house she names the Villa Villekulla, with Mr Nilsson, her pet monkey, and a horse. She always does what she likes: sleeps the wrong way around in bed, eats whatever she likes and plays instead of going to school. Her best friends, Tommy and Annika, live next door. Their mother initially disapproves of Pippi and her apparent anarchy, but quickly comes to admire her unswerving loyalty to her friends, her kindness and resilience and her fierce sense of fairness.
The first books in the Pippi series were originally illustrated by the Danish artist Ingrid Vang Nyman (1916–1959) and are still reproduced today.
Books from the Pippi Longstocking series
På rymmen med Pippi Långstrump
Pippi On the Run. With illustrations from the movie
210×280 mm, 1971, 48 pp