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Pippi Longstocking (Puffin Modern Classics) [Paperback]

Astrid Lindgren
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April 26 2005 Puffin Modern Classics
Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!


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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere.

Astrid Lindgren has created a unique and lovable character, inspiring generations of children to want to be Pippi. More than anything, Pippi makes reading a pleasure; no child will welcome the end of the book, and many will return to Pippi Longstocking again and again. Simply put, Pippi is irresistible. (Ages 9 to 12) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Reading Pippi to my daughter was my first time ever reading/coming across the story. I don't like that Pippi is irreverent and shows a lack of respect to her elders and authority figures (teachers, police officers, friends' parents). It made for some good discussions about proper behaviour, though, so overall we have loved Pippi. So many of her stunts and the visual imagery has made my nearly 5-year-old giggle out loud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PIPPI = GODDESS OF THE WORLD!!!!!!! Feb. 23 1998
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Format:Library Binding
Everyone should own this book!!!!! I'm a 14-year-old guy and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this! Dec 5 1997
By A Customer
Format:Library Binding
I can't believe no readers have sent reviews of this book to this site, when reading it just once will not fail to leave anyone grinning, and reading it more is even better. I'm a college sophomore, and I freely admit that I love this book! No kid should be without it. Don't watch the movie - read the original, and laugh until the tears run down your cheeks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sexist Back Blurb? Feb. 3 2012
Format:Paperback
Pippi Longstocking is one of the best children's books ever written. It's written from the point-of-view of a non-gendered omniscient narrator, about a strong independent girl, Pippi. Her next-door neighbours, Tommy and Annika, are a brother/sister pair that do everything together.
I bought this Puffin Modern Classics version of the book for my little girls, as I actively seek out stories that have strong non-Princess female protagonists.

Then I noticed that the back blurb of the book says:
"Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbour, and her name is Pippi Longstocking."
What the heck, Puffin? The book is NOT about Tommy. Are you afraid to market a product that isn't from a male perspective?

I wish I would have bought a different printed version, because the book is incredible. But, I fixed it, by cutting out the words "his sister" with an exacto knife! ;)
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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pip pip and tarry ho! June 25 2004
By E. R. Bird - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To my mind, Pippi Longstocking is perhaps the world's first child superhero. Able to lift strong policemen with her bare hands! Capable of climbing tall houses and trees with virtually no effort at all! Rescuing children from burning buildings and adults from snobby talk! If, like myself, you were a child of the 1980s then your first exposure to Miss Longstocking probably came in the form of that gawdawful movie circa 1988. Words alone cannot express the damage that film did to the youth of America. After watching it I avoided the book "Pippi Longstocking" like it was the plague itself. Only recently have I recanted and decided to read Astrid Lindgren's classic tale. As charming as it is outright bizarre I charge all of you to take the time to find and devour this little Swedish gem. Pippi's a pip, no question.

Working at wish fulfillment on about ten different levels, Pippi is the ultimate kid's kid. She lives all alone in a large fantastic house. Her mother died while she was but a babe and her father has been lost at sea. As optimistic regarding her father's return as Primrose Squarp in "Everything On a Waffle", Pippi fills her days with dancing, pancakes, and games. She owns a whole suitcase of gold coins, which allow her the freedom to live alone and untended. On top of that, she has her own monkey (the drolly named Mr. Nilsson) and horse. The neighbor children Annika and Tommy think (rightly so) that Pippi's a wonder. She never attends school or bothers with all the problems other children suffer. Instead, she has her own unique perspective on life and the people around her. Though precocious she's never mean, even when dealing with bullies or criminals.

The book, originally published in American in 1950, is a wonder. Though I'm certain other illustrators have done a fair job, I highly recommend that you seek out an edition illustrated by the talented Louis S. Glanzman. His Pippi is just as fabulous as you might hope her to be. I've always minded those Pippi's that seem a little too lanky or tough. This Pippi is just mischief incarnate. While you're out seeking an edition of this book illustrated by Glanzman, also make certain that the translation has been done by Florence Lamborn. There were some moments of trans-atlantic interpretation that just blew me away. For example, when confronted by evil bullies numerous in number, the biggest and meanest of them eyes Pippi and says, "boys, let Willie alone and take a look at this girl. What a babe!". Obviously that phrase must've meant something entirely different in 1950, but I was incredibly amused by it just the same. Other funny moments caught my eye. For one thing, Pippi and her friends are forever drinking coffee. Not given the "adult drink" status it has in the states, coffee is definitely the drink of choice of Swedish youth. And there was also the difficulty the translator had with verbal puns. Some of these had to be worked around by explaining what a word means in English. Without these explanations the book's jokes would fall flat.

Finally, my favorite chapter of the book. It was the chapter in which Pippi is invited to a fancy coffee party (see what I meant about kids and coffee?). Pippi attempts desperately to mix and mingle appropriately with the middle-aged lady guests there. When the women start putting down their hired help, Pippi is more than eager to tell multiple increasingly bizarre stories of her grandmother's servant Malin. The ways in which Pippi tells Milan tales becomes more and more extreme until at the end she screams towards the women from the other end of the block, "SHE NEVER SWEPT UNDER THE BEDS". I think you'll have to read the chapter yourself to see just how increasingly hilarious it becomes. It's fabulous stuff.

Every country has its resident red headed heroine. Canada has Anne of Green Gables. America has Caddie Woodlawn. Sweden has Pippi Longstocking. She's the greatest thing since sliced bread and twice as perky. For a fabulous romp through the increasingly ridiculous, I more than recommend this quirky spunky fan-freakin'-tastic book. It hasn't aged a jot.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have loved Pippi for nearly twenty years! June 17 2000
By Becky - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read my first Pippi Longstocking book in 1983 when I was eight years old, and although I'm now twenty five, she still makes me laugh. She is such a free spirit - she lives alone except for a horse and a monkey, says what she thinks, does whatever comes into her mind, no matter how ridiculous it is, she can laugh at herself, and she enjoys life. But the reason why I hold her in such regard now I'm an adult is that although she says and does whatever her heart desires, it's never done at the expense of anyone else's feelings.
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite Must Have! June 10 2001
By CMBohn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you haven't introduced your kids to Pippi, they're missing out! I loved Pippi as a kid. She was so outrageously funny. She got away with all kinds of nonsense and had the most amazing adventures. So when I read it again, as a parent this time, I was happy to find that they were just as good as I remembered. My 8 year old laughs and laughs at Pippi. This is a great book to read aloud. My favorite part is Pippi's hilarious tall tales about people she has known. A Classic!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, and you will, too! Feb. 9 2011
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Do you like funny books with silly characters and many adventures? Pippi Longstocking is a girl who lives alone in a house called Villa Villekulla. Pippi has no mother or father. Pippi says her mother is an angel, and her father is a cannibal king. She is not all alone, though. She has a monkey and a horse to keep her company.
Pippi meets her next door neighbors, Tommy and Annika. They have lots of adventures together. One of the adventures they had was when Tommy and Annika convinced Pippi to go to school. Pippi decided school was not a good place for her.
The setting of this story helped the characters come to life. Pippi's home was a great place for the setting. Pippi's house is an old Swedish home. The author, Astrid Lindgren, showed all that in her writing.
Pippi is not what you would expect from a nine year-old-girl. She has fiery-red hair and tightly braided braids; it is so tight her braids stick out from her head! Pippi wears old dresses with patches where holes were. Pippi is brave, happy, and joyful.
Tommy and Annika are two very polite children. They both dress in very nice clothes. Tommy never fights with Annika, and Annika never fights with Tommy. They are very well behaved children.
Astrid Lindgren is the author of Pippi Longstocking. Astrid lived in Sweden. She was born in 1907 and died in 2002. She won the Hans Christian Andersen Medal which is the highest award in children's literature. A famous quote she once said was, "You must never put things in children's books that amuse only adults - that would be rude to the child who is going to read the book." Astrid Lindgren was Swede of the Year on her 90th birthday. She won many awards before she died.
Pippi Longstocking was one of the best books I've ever read. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read funny, silly books! What crazy adventure will Pippi go on next?
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 18...And Still Reading Pippi Dec 23 1998
By bas3q@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
For years, I've enjoyed reading, re-reading, and re-re-reading Pippi Longstocking and the three other books that follow it. This is one of the very few children's books that are, very necessarily, a staple of any good childhood. Pippi allows every child, whether it be in age, or in heart, to live out fantasies of going to the ends of the earth and of having fun adventures from which they'll always come out on top, with Pippi leading the way. Though there were few books in the series, especially compared to most other children's series, the powerful words contained within their covers more than compensate for this, raising your imagination to new heights.
I have only one message for anyone reading this: BUY THIS BOOK. Whether or not you have children, this is an exciting, completely irreverent, and just plain fun story that will have you laughing and dreaming just like a kid--again. :)
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