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Lotta on Troublemaker Street (1961)

by Astrid Lindgren

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Series: Lotta, Troublemaker Street

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Originally published in Swedish as Lotta på Bråkmakargatan, this endearing chapter-book from the author of such childhood classics as Pippi Longstocking and The Brothers Lionheart offers the young reader a sensitive portrayal of a five-year-old's difficult day.

Lotta wakes up one morning in a terrible mood, having dreamt that her older brother and sister were beating up on her beloved toy pig, Bamsie. Things progress from bad to worse when Mother won't let Lotta wear her Sunday dress, but instead insists that she wear a sweater that "tickles and scratches." Destroying the sweater in a fit of anger, Lotta decides to move out, proceeding next door to Mrs. Berg's house, where she takes up residence in an old shed. Will Lotta ever move back in with her own family, the Nymans...?

Lotta on Troublemaker Street was highly recommended by my friend Manny, whose own online review is a glowing homage to the humanity of Swedish parenting practices. I too was impressed with the way in which Lotta's mother and father handle her defection, not to mention Mrs. Berg's calm acceptance of her presence. Their respect for her feelings, the fact that they never try to coerce her into doing as they think best, but let her decide to come home on her own, struck me as quite wise. Of course, it's not as if she were in any real danger...

But as appealing as this book may be to the adult reader, it is also an entertaining story that young readers will take to heart. Who has not experienced, as a young child, that sense of overwhelming anger, sometimes for no good reason at all? In Lotta, children will recognize an important aspect of their own emotional experience, depicted with compassion. Not surprisingly, given that it was written by Lindgren, this is a little gem! I think I will need to hunt up the sequel, The Children on Troublemaker Street! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Jul 16, 2013 |
This is the great book to pull students from picture books. The book talks about Lotta, who thinks her older brother and sister are messing with her favorite stuffed animal. She is the baby and always wants to get her way. He mom makes her do things she does not want to do. She decides to run away one day and moves into the neighbor's garage loft. The ending is very nice though.
  DBPeeples | Mar 9, 2010 |
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Originally published in Swedish as "Lotta på Bråkmakargatan" (1961); translated to English as "Lotta on Troublemaker Street" and "Lotta Leaves Home"
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Little Lotta has Big troubles

Poor Lotta is having a very bad day. First, she wakes up mad because in her dream her older brother and sister were mean to her. Then, Mother expects her to wear a sweater that "scratches and tickles." Madder than ever, Lotta decides to run away and find a new place to live. After all, everyone at her house is mean, so she won't miss her family at all -- will she?

This hilarious and authentic look at a very bad day in the life of a very spunky five-year-old is sure to resonate with every reader.

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Angry because everyone at home is so mean, five-year-old Lotta takes her favorite toy and goes to live in a neighbor's attic.

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