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Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition [Paperback]

Astrid Lindgren , Lauren Child
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
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2 Sep 2010
This beautiful edition of the children's classic Pippi Longstocking is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. The contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations from Lauren Child all add up to a perfect gift purchase.

When the book published in hardback, it gathered many wonderful reviews, including this one from Books for Keeps: 'Lauren Child is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi . . . her unmistakeable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book.'

Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull's tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren's free-spirited illustrations.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Gift ed edition (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019278241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192782410
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Lauren Child's . . . version of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking is sublime.' (Amanda Craig, The Times)

'[Lauren Child's] an inspired choice to hook a new generation of children on Sweden's greatest literary export.' (Susanna Forest, Telegraph Review)

'Some word and picture partnerships are akin to a marriage made in heaven. First there was EH Shepard and AA Milne, then Quentin Blake and Roald Dahl-now Lauren Child and Astrid Lindgren. If ever there was an illustrator born to understand the psyche and well-loved quirkiness of Pippi Longstocking and infuse it with a 21st-century edge, then Child is that artist.' (Junior)

'There's no stopping Lauren Child as she brings her own inimitable style to illustrate Pippi Longstocking . . . Everyone will love this.' (The Bookseller)

'Lauren Child . . . is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi . . . her unmistakable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book and will enable another generation of readers to enjoy the exploits of this extraordinary little girl.' (Books for Keeps)

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A true children's classic, now available in a lavish, full colour gift edition, with illustrations by award-winning children's artist, Lauren Child, four of which have been made into limited edition prints and are packaged with the book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
What an inspired idea! The moment I saw the cover of this I had to have a copy - Lauren Child's illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to give this timeless classic a contemporary twist. Pippi is a `girl power' heroine, a strong self-assured funky little character with her sticking out red plaits and freckle, and an honest independence of spirit and a resourcefulness you can but admire. Instead of parents, she lives with her monkey, a horse and a stash of gold! She has two good friends to whom she tells tall tales and with whom she has a lot of fun. I recently read a borrowed original to my six-year old daughter who thought it was a smashing story. This beautifully produced edition with its frequent colourful illustrations (a red-based palette, so yes you should get a copy for your boys), well spaced words, and cleanly laid out pages feels friendly enough for my daughter herself to pick it up to read and it will surely be read again and again. A triumph!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this now - before it's out of print! 19 Jan 2009
A beautiful book. And at a sensational price now too. I paid alot more than it is now as it was intended for a Christmas present for my daughter. So you will have a great deal if you can get your hands on a copy now. I must say, I don't mind having paid the higher amount - the book is worth every penny.
If you - like me - are an admirer of Lauren Child's work, you will not be disappointed. Not just the illustrations are fabulous, parts of the text are type-set in the spirally way familiar to the Charlie & Lola books, which was a lovely surprise. The four (limited edition) prints are quite small - the size of the book - but, if framed nicely will make nice decorative art for a little girl's bedroom.
As to the story: well, Pippi's a classic. And I don't think anyone needs telling that Astrid Lindgren's books are essential childhood reading. Timeless stories, brought into a fresh modern look, I can highly recommend this Lauren Child edition.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For boys too... 11 Nov 2010
By artymum
I don't know who is enjoying this book more - my six year old son or myself. Pippi is a feisty character with a touch of the superhero about her and is as appealing to me now as she was when I was a kid. The book is fun for both of us to read out loud and as ever, Lauren Child's playful approach to image and text is delightful. The book isn't packed with illustrations but this leaves more room for one's imagination to take flight.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pippi amazing 16 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my 7 year old daughter having fond memories of reading the stories myself as a child. The book is square and almost A4 in length - and is beautifully written and illustrated. My daughter - who does have an advanced reading age adores the book. I thought the book made a marvellous gift and was great value.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Lola, you will LOVE Pippi! 2 Feb 2008
I have been reading Pippi Longstocking to my 4 year old, and keeping her up late - we can't get enough of it! If you love the cheekiness and quirkiness of Charlie and Lola, then you will adore Pippi. It's hard to believe that this book was written over 60 years ago, you can certainly see where Lauren Child got her inspiration from! Lauren's illustrations suit this story perfectly. It is an absolute classic and a real gem. I will be buying copies for all my daughters' friends 5th birthdays!!! I just really hope that the publishers will bring us lots more Astrid Lindgren classics, illustrated by Lauren Child.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book 10 Nov 2011
By Ozzie
I bought this for my daughter after her teacher had been reading it to her in class. She was so captivated by the story and asked for it for her birthday and it has not disappointed. She loves the stories of Pippi's adventures and adores the illustrations which go with them. I would definitely recommend this book. My daughter is 8 yrs old but it would be great to read to younger children also who are unable to read it for themselves.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to Read Aloud 1 Feb 2009
By imla
I am a primary school teacher and at the end of the day I like to read to the class. This beautiful edition of Pippi Longstocking sat on my school bookshelf and although I could see that it was stunning (such beautiful illustrations and excellent quality of paper) I was unsure whether it would be the right book to read a class of 30 7 and 8 year old boys and girls. Surely Pippi Longstocking would be too girly for the boys to really enjoy.

From the very beginning of the story I found myself, and my children, enthralled. The character of Pippi, a girl who has lost both parents and lives alone, is a very engaging one. She gets up to mischief, causes trouble and tells tall tales! The book chronicles various adventures such as Pippi Goes to School and Pippi Goes to the Circus.

The stories are full of action and very funny. There were numerous points in the text where I had to stop because I was laughing so much. The children found the book to be funny and enchanting thus it made everyone (children and myself)happy when it came to reading this book.

I would definitely recommend this book, whether it be for teachers such as myself or parents wanting a book to share with their children. I would, in particular, recommend this edition because, in my opinion, Lauren Child's illustratons bring something special to the text. They are more than just pictures to accompany the writing but inventive ways of showing the story.

A must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pippi Longstocking revisited by Lauren Child
Sometimes, all it takes is a new look to entice young readers to discover a great classic. Our children really enjoyed reading this book.
Published 28 days ago by NT4
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book - evokes memories of my childhood
I have just started reading this to my 5 year old daughter & she loves it! I remember the stories when my dad used to read them to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pensta
5.0 out of 5 stars As fabulous as in my childhood
Miss 4 adores this. She loves the storyline and that, combined with Lauren Child's illustrations is an absolute winner. Highly recommend!!
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The most perfect gift for a young great niece's birthday. Service and delivery were great. Thank you. Would shop again with you.
Published 1 month ago by Dot
5.0 out of 5 stars pippi
my friends daughter has turned into pippi after reading this, she has just turned 8 and loving it, she now wants stripy socks that don't match!
Published 1 month ago by Louise Fowler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Another Swedish classic and a great fun read for the kids. Pippi is also a great role model for young girls, being a bit crazy, but fiercly independent and loyal to her friends and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bullen
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless, laugh-out-loud funny, and perfectly illustrated
I bought this for my 10 year old daughter, having fond memories of reading Pippi Longstocking stories when I was her age. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Deborah Young
4.0 out of 5 stars review
bought this for my grandaughter, as she loved the film. lovely book and I would recommend to friends and family
Published 3 months ago by Helen
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful edition
This is a beautiful edition of the book, well set out with lovely illustrations. The book was purchased for a slightly 'reluctant' young reader and it was perfect in that respect.
Published 3 months ago by Francess Bush
5.0 out of 5 stars Pippi
Brilliant book by a fantastic writer! Given it as a present to several of my daughters friends and they have all loved it.
Published 4 months ago by BenV
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