When I was little I wanted to BE Pippi Longstocking.
I’m not sure what it is about her… Actually, I know exactly what it is about her. She’s a little girl who has all the joys of childhood, but with the perceived freedom of adulthood. She gets to make her own rules. She has a pet monkey, a horse, and a suitcase full of gold. She sets her own bedtime and she makes sure she has adventures every day.
What’s not to like?!
I assume that every one in the world is familiar with Pippi Longstocking (as though she is a long lost friend). I know this may not be true… so for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure… let me take a minute to explain… Pippi is a nine year old girl who lives by herself in Villa Villekulla (well not completely by herself – she has her pet monkey, Mr Nilsson, and her horse to keep her company). She spends her days joyfully pursuing adventure, often involving her neighbours Tommy and Annika…
This particular edition of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking is illustrated by one of my very favourites… Lauren Child (creator of the Charlie and Lola empire!!!) – and the pictures throughout the book are just lovely. This was the first chapter book I read to Ava and it had just the right amount of pictures to keep her engaged and interested in the story.
To me, Pippi Longstocking is one of the ‘must read’ classics of childhood literature. I know my little one delighted in hearing about the mischief and adventure Pippi seemed to find around every corner!
I’m a big fan of children’s adventure stories… the Dr Doolittle stories and Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree always spring to mind when I think of this category. If you have any favourite books from this genre please do let me know in the comments section below.