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Astrid Lindgren (1907–2002)

Author of Pippi Longstocking

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About the Author

Astrid Lindgren: November 7, 1907 - January 28, 2002 There are few children's authors more famous than Astrid Lindgren, creator of the feisty, legendary heroine, Pippi Longstocking. Lindgren was born on November 14, 1907, in Sweden. Her work has been acclaimed with many prestigious awards, among show more them the Hans Christian Andersen Medal (1958), the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award (1978), and the International Book Award (1993). This truly internationally known author was the recipient of the Albert Schweitzer Medal and has been honored repeatedly in her native Sweden. There is a bronze statue of her in a Stockholm park. Her picture is on a postage stamp. The "World of Astrid Lindgren" is a theme park featuring the wholesome characters of her books. The annual children's literature award is known as the Astrid Lindgren Prize. The inspiration for this long and illustrious career, spanning five decades, is the author's own childhood. Her memories - of free and often wild play with her brothers and sister, of loving parents, of a close-knit farm community, of reading about heroines like Pollyanna and Anne of Green Gables - became the foundations of her books. Lindgren has said, "I write to amuse the child within me, and I can only hope that in this way other children as well can have a little fun." Lindgren amused her own children by telling them stories. Her daughter, Karin, named Pippi Longstocking, and the first written story was given to Karin as a birthday gift. The next year, 1945, Pippi Longstocking won a best children's book competition and Lindgren began writing the perennially child-pleasing stories that make up her enormous body of work, some of which are the series based on "Children of Noisy Village", the fable "The Tomten", the rambunctious "Karlson-On-the-Roof", the irrepressible"Lotta on Troublemaker Street" , the controversial "The Brothers Lionheart", and the unforgettable, wildly funny superheroine, Pippi, was featured in other books and became a star of stage, screen and television. Lindgren has been called the world's most read author of children's books. She is hailed as the third most translated children's book author after H.C. Andersen and the Grimm brothers. Her impact on the world of children's literature is immeasurable. Astrid Lindgren died in her sleep, in her home in Sweden on January 28, 2002 at the age of 94. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Astrid Lindgren, ca. 1960 [source: Astrids bilder; author: unknown]


Works by Astrid Lindgren

Pippi Longstocking (1945) 10,336 copies
Pippi in the South Seas (1948) 3,045 copies
Pippi Goes on Board (1946) 2,796 copies
Ronia, the Robber's Daughter (1981) 2,354 copies
The Brothers Lionheart (1973) 1,742 copies
The Children of Noisy Village (1949) 1,258 copies
The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking (1945) — Author — 1,183 copies
Mio, My Son (1955) 949 copies
The Tomten (1961) 884 copies
Emil in the Soup Tureen (1963) 520 copies
Christmas in Noisy Village (1962) 474 copies
Karlson on the Roof (1955) 471 copies
Happy Times in Noisy Village (1952) 468 copies
Pippi on the Run (1971) 465 copies
Seacrow Island (1964) 463 copies
The Tomten and the Fox (1960) 437 copies
Mischievous Meg (1963) 402 copies
Rasmus and the Vagabond (1957) 349 copies
Bill Bergson, Master Detective (1946) — Author — 307 copies
Lotta on Troublemaker Street (1961) 304 copies
The Six Bullerby Children (1946) 295 copies
Emil's Pranks (1966) 275 copies
Christmas in the Stable (1961) 262 copies
Emil's Clever Pig (1970) 258 copies
Pippi Goes to School (1998) 202 copies
Kalle Blomquist (1987) 154 copies
Karlson Flies Again (1955) 142 copies
The Red Bird (1981) 132 copies
Das entschwundene Land (1973) 129 copies
Mardie to the Rescue (1976) 127 copies
Märchen (1978) 125 copies
Springtime in Noisy Village (1965) 115 copies
The Runaway Sleigh Ride (1983) 107 copies
Lotta's Christmas Surprise (1977) 106 copies
Lotta's Bike (1972) 106 copies
The World's Best Karlson (1968) 98 copies
That Emil (1972) 88 copies
Kajsa Kavat (1975) 79 copies
The Dragon with Red Eyes (1985) 78 copies
I Want to Go to School Too (1976) 77 copies
Lotta's Easter Surprise (1990) 75 copies
Nils Karlsson-Pyssling (1970) 74 copies
I Don't Want to Go to Bed (1988) 69 copies
Most Beloved Sister (1972) 67 copies
Pippi Goes to the Circus (1999) 67 copies
A Calf for Christmas (1989) 59 copies
A Day at Bullerby (1966) 58 copies
I Want a Brother or Sister (1979) 58 copies
Kati in America (1950) — Author — 57 copies
Simon Small Moves In (1965) 56 copies
Goran's Great Escape (1991) 52 copies
Emil's Sticky Problem (1972) 50 copies
Kerstin und ich (1945) 47 copies
Emil's Little Sister (1984) 47 copies
Mirabelle (2002) 47 copies
In the Land of Twilight (1973) 45 copies
Kati In Italy (1952) 42 copies
Kati in Paris (1953) 41 copies
The Ghost of Skinny Jack (1986) 38 copies
Erzählungen (1979) 36 copies
My Nightingale is Singing (1984) 34 copies
Emil and the Bad Tooth (1975) 33 copies
Skrallan and the Pirates (1968) 27 copies
Geschichten aus Bullerbü (1976) 26 copies
Ur-Pippi (2007) 25 copies
Now that Night is Near (2019) 25 copies
Julefortellinger (1985) 23 copies
Pippi håller kalas (1971) 21 copies
Emil i snekkerbua (1992) 18 copies
Pippi findet einen Spunk (2000) 18 copies
Peter og Petra (1977) 17 copies
Pippi Won't Grow Up (1971) 16 copies
Klingt meine Linde (1604) 12 copies
Mein Smaland (1987) 12 copies
Ich habe auch gelebt! (2016) 12 copies
Im Wald sind keine Räuber (2009) 12 copies
Alle verhalen (1997) 11 copies
Sagobok : en samlingsvolym (2002) 11 copies
Dirk Lives in Holland (1962) 11 copies
Astrid Lindgren vertelt (1988) 9 copies
Noriko-San, Girl of Japan (1958) 9 copies
Never Violence! (2011) 9 copies
Randi Lives in Norway (1962) — Author — 8 copies
Alle mine barn (2002) 8 copies
Pippi das Meias Altas (2013) 8 copies
Lilibet Circus Child (1966) 7 copies
Matti Lives in Finland (1969) 7 copies
Den store boken om Lotta (2003) 7 copies
Fortellinger (1995) 7 copies
Noy Lives in Thailand (1962) 7 copies
Pelle zieht aus (2006) 7 copies
Winterverhalen (2012) 6 copies
Den store Emilboka. B.2 (1991) 5 copies
Märit (2015) 5 copies
My Swedish Cousins (1959) 4 copies
Pippi Långstrumps visor (2005) 4 copies
Pippi gaat op reis (1951) 3 copies
The World's Best Karlsson (2021) 3 copies
Verhalenreis (2007) 3 copies
L'uccellino rosso (2019) 3 copies
Sia Lives on Kilimanjaro — Author — 3 copies
Pippi får besøk (1992) 3 copies
Tu tu tu! (2015) 3 copies
Le Renard et le Lutin (2018) 3 copies
Den store Emilboka. B.1 (1991) 3 copies
Pippi Calcesllargues (1981) 3 copies
Emil i Lönneberga (1977) 2 copies
Pippi goes shopping (2016) 2 copies
Bullerbue (2010) 2 copies
Eemeli ja Kissankulma (2022) 2 copies
Emilovy skopičiny (2020) 2 copies
Emil' i malyshka Ida (2009) 2 copies
la Pippi ho arregla tot (2021) 2 copies
Sagor, hyss & entyr (2010) 2 copies
Hurra, Pippi Langstrumpf (2014) 2 copies
Peppi käy kaupoissa (2015) 2 copies
Fyra syskon berättar (1992) 2 copies
Marko Lives in Yugoslavia (1962) 2 copies
Kati 2 copies
Kajsa Kavats äventyr (1975) 2 copies
Feest in Villa Kakelbont (2010) 2 copies
Fortellinger. 2 (1996) 2 copies
Salikons rosor (2003) 2 copies
Fortællinger (1970) 2 copies
Kalle Blomquist. CD (2006) 2 copies
Emils Store Billedbog (1995) 2 copies
Karlsson vom Dach. 2 CDs (2006) 2 copies
Una Aventura de Pippa (1975) 2 copies
Pipi das Meias Altas (2007) 1 copy
Pípi nos Mares do Sul (2007) 1 copy
JA, ÞESSI EMIL (2015) 1 copy
Pípi Entra a Bordo (2007) 1 copy
Novità per Martina (2008) 1 copy
Pippi gr̄ om bord (2004) 1 copy
Se, her er Emil (2017) 1 copy
Hei Pippi! (2017) 1 copy
Andra läseboken (1983) 1 copy
Vennad Lisamed (2021) 1 copy
The Tomten 1 copy
D'Pippi 1 copy
la Pippi al mar (2021) 1 copy
Vargsången (2022) 1 copy
Pippi Vai ao Parque (2016) 1 copy
Pippi Uzuncorap (2009) 1 copy
Karkulín je nejlepsí (2011) 1 copy
Swedish classics (2023) 1 copy
Pippi Langkous (2020) 1 copy
Kalle nyomozni kezd (2017) 1 copy
Kati v Italii (2008) 1 copy
Pippi Șosețica (2020) 1 copy
Emilis is Lionebergos (1993) 1 copy
Madicken och Lisabet (2004) 1 copy
Pippi se embarca (2020) 1 copy
Madicken 1 1 copy
Pippi gibt ein Fest (1971) 1 copy
Sagorna 1 copy
Första läseboken (1982) 1 copy
Emils jul (2004) 1 copy
Il mio piccolo Natale (2022) 1 copy
מדיקן (2015) 1 copy
Lille katt (2023) 1 copy
Julsagor (2004) 1 copy
Lapsuuteni Smoolanti (1988) 1 copy
Pippi Uzuncorap Korsan (2004) 1 copy
Ronja Räubertochte (2008) 1 copy
Hujedamej (2005) 1 copy
Japi 1 copy
Magere lat (1987) 1 copy
Luckasta Lota (2010) 1 copy
Lota pravi lom (2010) 1 copy
Pippi Dlinnyy chulok (1993) 1 copy
Marikkens jul (2003) 1 copy
Juharfalvi Emil (2013) 1 copy
Picirruku dhe Karlsoni (2002) 1 copy
Eventyrrejsen (2007) 1 copy
Vad gör Pippi? (2014) 1 copy
Det stora tabberaset (1993) 1 copy
Madikena (1999) 1 copy
Saulesplava (2009) 1 copy
Mêrga jêr (2003) 1 copy
Sommaren min (2013) 1 copy
Emiel is een held (2015) 1 copy
Måla med Pippi (2012) 1 copy
Tredje läseboken (1984) 1 copy
Kindertheaterstücke (1986) 1 copy
Tordenværsbarn (2018) 1 copy
Pippi Longstocking 4 (1997) 1 copy
Lottas Merkbuch (1995) 1 copy
Sögur og ævintýri (1998) 1 copy
Villvettene (2018) 1 copy
Digerfossen (2019) 1 copy
Bjørnehulen (2019) 1 copy

Associated Works

Spotty (1974) — Translator, some editions — 203 copies
It's Fine To Be Nine (2000) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Penguin Book of Classic Children's Characters (1997) — Contributor — 87 copies
Round the Christmas Tree (1983) — Author — 45 copies
The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking [1988 film] (1988) — Original stories — 30 copies
The Remarkably Strong Pippi Longstocking (1974) — Series Creator — 16 copies
Echo: Scandinavian Stories about Girls (2000) — Contributor — 15 copies


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Young boy dies and enters new world in Name that Book (May 2011)


This is such a delightful story! Reminiscent of Maria Parr’s Adventures with Waffles, Carol Ryrie Brink’s Caddie Woodlawn and Winter Cottage, or Dorothy Canfield Fisher’s Understood Betsy, this is a gem in the world of middle-grade fiction—and I didn’t even know it existed until I spotted it on our library’s shelves! The first thing that attracted me to this story was the author’s name; Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking was a particular favorite of mine when I was a youngster. Then, the cover and description drew me in, and I knew I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed.

This is a story of a family on holiday, but it’s so much more than that, too. It’s the story of a community working together, of friendship, of enjoyment of this beautiful world God has made, of love and hope and joy and adventure. And the humor…it flows naturally through the story, sometimes in what children say (the story about Tjorven wanting the last piece of cake was hilarious!), sometimes in the normal—or not so normal!—happenings in life.

I finished this story with a happy sigh. I’d love to have my own copy one day, because it’s one I would love to share with all the children, young and old, in my life. If you enjoy sweet stories of families, adventure, and wholesome fun, I’d highly recommend you pick this book up.
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EstherFilbrun | 6 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
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Den85 | 6 other reviews | Jan 3, 2024 |
The children of Noisy Village—three interconnected farm houses with plenty of young people living in them—enjoy a variety of Christmas activities in this lovely holiday picture book from Swedish author/illustrator team Astrid Lindgren and Ilon Wikland. From making gingersnap cookies to piling up firewood and seeking Christmas trees, caroling from house to house to decorating their own houses, the children observe many traditions both indoors and out. Christmas Eve dinner, a retelling of the story of the Christ child, church on Christmas Day, time spent outdoors—skiing, tobogganing and skating—and a Christmas party just for them round out the doings at this most happy time of year...

Originally published in Sweden in 1963 as Jul i Bullerbyn, this delightful picture book is one of a number of titles, many of them chapter books, devoted to the doings of the children of Noisy Village. Having not read any of these other stories, I approached Christmas in Noisy Village with fresh eyes, and no set expectations, other than a belief that I would surely enjoy it, given the author and illustrator involved. Unsurprisingly, I was not disappointed, finding the narrative here engaging and heartwarming, and the artwork simply beautiful! I loved the depiction of the children's many Christmas activities—the sense of activity and fun, the way everyone, including baby Kerstin and almost-blind Grandfather, are included—and I found the visuals here quite breathtaking. Vividly colorful, with a beautiful use of light and shadow, this is artwork to pore over and savor! Recommended to picture book readers looking for Christmas stories about regular children doing holiday things and/or with a Swedish cultural setting.
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AbigailAdams26 | 9 other reviews | Dec 16, 2023 |


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