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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Published: 4 Jun 2015

Paperback / softback, 144 pages

Recommended for age 7+ and 9+

By Astrid Lindgren

Illustrated by Tony Ross

Published by Oxford University Press

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Everything's fun with Pippi around! Pippi Longstocking is one of the best loved characters of all time, with dedicated fans all over the world. She's funny, feisty, and has the most amazing adventures!

Reviewed by Heather Hann

Pippi Longstocking was written by Astrid Lindgren in 1945, to entertain her daughter Karin, who was ill with pneumonia. In the 75 years since her books have been translated into 107 different languages and enjoyed all over the world. This latest edition of the books features illustrations by Mini Grey.

Pippi is an independent child who lives in a house called ‘Villa Villekulla’ with a horse, a monkey and a suitcase full of gold; but no grown-ups to tell her what to do. The house is next to Tommy and Annika, who find their new neighbour, with her freckles, homemade clothes and two red plaits is capable of helping them have new adventures…and getting them into trouble as well!

The short chapter format of the book lends itself to reading aloud in class or for developing reading stamina. The stories are fun and although written many years ago have a modern resonance and humour. The book is further enhanced by Mini Grey‘s endearing illustrations, which skilfully bring Pippi and the adventures to life, with detailed black and white illustrations throughout the book; I especially like the Mr Nilsson pictures at the beginning of each story in the book.

Overall, I would recommend Pippi Longstocking as a class reader and an essential part of any class collection. It is full of humour and the latest edition is a great way to introduce a new generation to Pippi and her friends.

You can also read this review of another classic Pippi story: Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard.

Heather is currently the Head of School Improvement for a large MAT in Suffolk. Before that she spent 25 years teaching in Essex where she worked as a teacher and part of the Essex School Improvement Team as a Literacy Consultant; before finally becoming Headteacher of a Primary School. She loves reading, baking, visiting her beach hut and Wallace and Gromit; seeking out every opportunity to combine them wherever possible!